'The Matrix' reloads with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss
Kevin Winter/Getty Images(CNN) - Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will again reenter "The Matrix," starring in a third sequel to the 1999 science fiction film that's expected to begin production next year. The stars will be reunited with one of the original writer-directors, Lana Wachowski, who worked on the original movies with her sister, Lilly. "The Matrix" featured Reeves as Neo, a man who discovers that humanity is trapped inside a simulated reality known as the Matrix, and that he is the destined champion who can help liberate them. The film was a major hit, spawning the sequels "The Matrix Reloaded" and "The Matrix Revolutions," which were shot in tandem and both released in 2003, completing the original story. The new film will be released by Warner Bros., like CNN, a unit of WarnerMedia.
Keanu Reeves to Reprise His Role as Neo in 'Matrix 4'
A fourth Matrix film -- with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles -- is officially a go, Variety reports. Lana Wachowski is set to return as write and director. The first Matrix film, released in 1999, was both a box office and critical hit, grossing over $460 million worldwide and earning four Academy Awards. The second film in the franchise, The Matrix Reloaded, was released in 2003, and the third film, The Matrix Revolutions was released six months after that. RELATED CONTENT:Keanu Reeves, the Internet's Boyfriend, Leaves Note on Fan's Sign While Filming 'Bill & Ted 3'Keanu Reeves Has Been Approached to Star in 'Almost Every' Marvel FilmFans Are Petitioning for Keanu Reeves to Be 'Time's Person of the Year'