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‘Matrix 4’ adds Academy Award winning cinematographer John Toll

John Toll, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer who has worked with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola, Ang Lee and more, has been recruited for the upcoming new Matrix film.

It was confirmed earlier this week that Lana Wachowski is writing and directing the new Matrix 4, a follow-up which will star both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Both Reeves and Moss will return to the franchise in their iconic roles as Neo and Trinity and Wachowski, who created the original film with her sister Lily, will co-write the screenplay with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. After years of speculation that the Wachowski’s were on board to return to the Matrix, no explanation has been made as to why Lana will approach the new film without her sister. 

“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” Wachowski said in an interview with Variety. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”

Now, as Lana looks to complete her production team, cinematographer Toll has been added to the crew. Toll, who previously work with the Wachowski’s on their projects Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, once claimed two back-to-back victories at Oscars for his work on Legends of the Fall and Mel Gibson’s Braveheart in 1995.

Now, as the Hollywood Reporter state, Toll will be back on set with Lana Wachowski on the new Matrix film after freeing up his schedule following the completion of his most recent work, Harriet, which was directed by Kasi Lemmons and due for release in November.

Speaking about the new Matrix film Warner Bros chairman, Toby Emmerich, told Variety: “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana,” while confirming the new picture. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe,” he added.

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