Friday, February 26, 2021

Co-Director of ‘The Matrix’ Says Film Trilogy Is Really About Being ‘Transgender’

*“The Matrix” co-director Lilly Wachowski claims the film trilogy is really about being transgender.

“That was the original intention. But the world wasn’t quite ready,” says Lilly, who underwent gender reassignment surgery, along with her brother-turned sister and Matrix co-director Lana after the films came out.

Wachowski confirmed the long-running fan theories about the film in a recent Netflix video. “I’m glad that it has gotten out,” she said (see clip above).

When the first “Matrix” film came out in 1999, Lilly said “The corporate world wasn’t ready,” for transgender people. 

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She cited Switch, a character in the first film, as representative of the film’s intent to be about transformation. In the original script, the character changed genders upon entering the Matrix –  a male in the “real” world, a female in The Matrix. Warner Bros. nixed the idea and decided on just one gender or the character in the original film.

A Netflix Twitter thread cites the movie’s main character, Neo, as a good example of the trans narrative.

He transitions from Thomas Anderson to Neo during his journey.

Meanwhile, we previously reported… the upcoming “Matrix 4″ expected is in 2022, and will feature original cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

The original “Matrix” was released on March 31, 1999, and grossed over $460 million worldwide. It won four Academy Awards and led to the release of two sequels, “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” directed by Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski. Lana is reportedly on-board to direct the next installment in the franchise.

“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “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.”

The three previous films collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. 

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

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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