Matrix 4 filming under way as Reeves praises ‘effective protocols’ on set

Filming on the set of the next Matrix film is back under way in Germany, becoming the latest film to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic.

Keanu Reeves, who plays main character Neo in the dystopian films, has praised the way in which the production team has worked to get filming off the ground again in Berlin, despite the COVID-19 outbreak.

“There’s some really thoughtful, effective protocols in place,” Reeves said in an interview.

The Matrix. Pic: Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kobal/Shutterstock
Image: The Matrix was first released in 1999. Pic: Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kobal/Shutterstock

“And the rhythm of film-making has been not really impacted or interrupted in the sense of filming.

“But that’s because of just all the hard work and organisation and again, thoughtfulness that’s gone into the protocols.”

The Bill And Ted star added that “showbusiness people are the best” when it comes to getting things “figured out”.

He said: “We’re scrappy. We know how to get stuff done. We’re inventive. We think on our feet. And, you know, that kind of spirit, kindred spirit of just coming together.

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“You know, it goes back to like, ‘Let’s put on a show! We’ll get some props, we’ve got some things, we’re going to write!’ And that spirit is definitely alive and well on The Matrix.”

The latest instalment of The Matrix franchise will be released in 2022 – almost 20 years since its last outing.

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Alongside Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise her role as Trinity in the film and Jada Pinkett Smith returns as Niobe, but Laurence Fishburne, who played ship leader Morpheus, does not appear to be in the movie’s cast.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 09:  Actor Keanu Reeves speaks about "Cyberpunk 2077" from developer CD Projekt Red during the Xbox E3 2019 Briefing at The Microsoft Theater on June 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Image: Keanu Reeves is in Berlin filming the next instalment of The Matrix. File pic

Broadway performer Neil Patrick Harris and Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra are set to join the cast for the new film, according to IMDB, as will Hamilton and Frozen actor Jonathan Groff.

Lana Wachowski, who wrote the original trilogy with her sister Lilly, returned to pen the new film.

Lilly Wachowski recently revealed the series was a transgender allegory, confirming fan theories about the story.

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