Matrix Resurrections star Jessica Henwick said director Lana Wachowski considered dropping the film when production was halted due to COVID-19.
Matrix resurrections Star Jessica Henwick said director Lana Wachowski considered dropping the film when production was forced to stop due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“Now it’s somewhere that I felt the pressure because these fights are so seminal [to The Matrix]”said Henwick in an interview with Collider when asked what it was like to be in the fourth film, the Matrix saga, a franchise known for its action sets. “Those moments from the original stuck in my head, so many of those fight beats, that was really where I was intimidated to come in. I knew I had to play here. You play with Keanu. [Reeves]. It’s John Wick. He knows what he’s doing. You cannot hold it back under any circumstances. I had to give it my all. I dedicated myself to it. We practiced pretty hard in the preparation, and we continued to practice throughout the shoot. “
The Marvel’s Iron Fist The alum continued, “When we were shut down for COVID and left for three months I think it was, I was still home training every day even though we didn’t. Didn’t know if we were going back. When we were closed for COVID, Lana said, “Well, maybe that’s it. Maybe we won’t come back and film the rest. Maybe the new Matrix will remain as this legendary film which [is] incomplete, and no one will ever be able to see it. Maybe that’s what it’s supposed to be. And we were all like, ‘No, you have to finish the movie.’ But she really played with the idea of just quitting. I don’t know if I’m supposed to talk about it. “
Collider postulated that at the height of COVID, with just about all major film and television productions suspended, everyone in Hollywood was probably wondering if what they were working on at the time would actually be over. Henwick said: “Totally, and a lot of projects at this mid-level have been scrapped because on their return the COVID restrictions are so high on a film set that they’ve added an extra 5 or 10% to the budget. a movie could ‘not afford, they just had to go to bed. “
Henwick also explained that “[n]o one of them wanted to put anyone in danger and the unions really mobilized to ensure that the actors and the team were all protected. For me, even though I wasn’t sure if we were going to come back, I couldn’t think about it so I practiced the whole break because I just had to focus. I just had to be positive and say, ‘No, we’re going to finish the movie. We must. This can’t be how my Matrix the journey ends. ‘”
Written and directed by The Wachowskis – Lana et Lilly – The matrix originally released in theaters in 1999. The Wachowskis have returned to helm two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix revolutions, both released in 2003. Matrix resurrections, which initially went into production in early 2020, is directed exclusively by Lana Wachowski, who also wrote the screenplay for the film alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.
Resurrections sees franchise veterans Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson and Daniel Bernhardt reprise their respective roles as Neo, Trinity, Niobe, The Merovingian and Agent Johnson. They are joined by the newcomer (and the old Moss Marvel Defenders co-star) Henwick, who plays the character of Bugs. Speaking of new arrivals, Resurrections also sees Watchmen Star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II stars as Morpheus, which was played in Laurence Fishburne’s first three films.
Matrix resurrections premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22.
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