Deadline reports that Jada Pinkett-Smith is negotiations with Warner Bros. to return to the Matrix franchise for Lana Wachowski’s Matrix 4. Potentially reprising the role of Niobe from the two sequels Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
Several sources tell us that Jada Pinkett Smith is in current negotiations to return for Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s The Matrix 4. She played the role of Niobe in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. It is not a done deal yet, we hear.
If she returns she would join fellow alumn Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss along with new additions Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl, Starship Troopers) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman, Aquaman).
Jada’s return would be the first hint that we could see other cast members from the sequels come back.
A bit of Matrix lore is that her husband Will Smith was originally wanted for the Neo role but turned it down to make epic flop Wild Wild West. Will revealed to why he turned down the part earlier this year and believes he helped not mess it up as Val Kilmer was originally being looked at to play Morpheus.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Will Smith can be convinced to cameo/appear in the upcoming installment.
The Matrix is a constructed virtual world that is built to keep humans in a metal prison as their bodies power a futuristic world ruled by artificial intelligence. Some humans are able to free themselves and others building their own resistance and society in Zion with the rest of the world ruined after a massive ongoing war between humans and machines. During the war, humans blacked-out the sky (the machines’ power source) leading to them using human body heat as their new source of power.
Filming is said to kick-off this February.
Warner Bros. has yet to give Matrix 4 an official title or release date.