Deadline is exclusively reporting that Jada Pinkett Smith is in negotiations with Warner Bros. and Lana Wachowski to reprise the role of Niobe for the upcoming fourth instalment in The Matrix franchise.
The 1999 film had us following Thomas A. Anderson, a seamlessly average computer programmer that worked as a computer hacker known by the name of Neo. When he’s contacted by the legendary hacker named Morpheus, he finds himself targeted by police. As Neo finally comes face to face with Morpheus, he wakes up in the real world….a ravaged wasteland where most of humanity has been captured by a race of machines that live off humans and who imprison their minds in an artificial reality known as the Matrix.
The Wachowski sisters (Lana and Lily) film spawned two sequels (The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions), with the trilogy making $1.6bn worldwide at the box office, and it also spawned an animated anthology feature titled The Animatrix.
Jada Pinkett Smith portrayed Niobe in The Matrix sequels (The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions) who was from Zion, and the captain of the Logos hovercraft. She’s also one of the rebels in the war against the Machines and the Matrix. In the virtual world of the Matrix, Niobe is a gifted martial artist. The character also feature in the Enter The Matrix videogame back in 2003.
Lana Wachowski will be writing the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, as well as serve as producer alongside Grant Hill.
Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute the film worldwide and sources claim that the film is being eyed to begin production at the top of 2020.