Hollywood star Jessica Henwick says she jumped at the chance to star in ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ and promises the long-awaited film is one of a kind and will surely surprise die-hard fans of the iconic franchise.
‘The Matrix Resurrections’ marks the sequel to Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss’ ‘The Matrix’ trilogy which began with the original 1999 film and was followed by two sequels – ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’ ( both released in 2003).
Henwick comes to the world of ‘The Matrix’ after being part of the ‘Star Wars’ saga through JJ Abrams’ 2015 film ‘A Force Awakens’ as well as the epic HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’, in which she played the role of Nymeria Sand.
In ‘The Matrix Resurrections’, the 29-year-old British-Chinese actor appears alongside original actors Reeves and Moss as well as new stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
Henwick, who plays Bugs, a blue-haired gunslinger with a white rabbit, said she never thought there would be a new “Matrix” movie.
“I signed on because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. ‘The Matrix’ meant a lot to me. The original movie has really stuck with me all these years and I don’t think anyone thought it would ever come back,” said the actor.
The latest sci-fi feature is written and directed by Lana Wachowski, who created and directed the original trilogy with her sister Lilly Wachowski.
Henwick said it was quite remarkable that the Wachowskis created a world with the original films that was quite inclusive and diverse in the 2000s.
“I think the Wachowskis were way ahead of the game. It’s pretty mind-blowing when you think about how forward-thinking they were,” she added.
As for “The Matrix Resurrections,” Henwick said Lana Wachowski’s approach to filmmaking was quite different this time around. “Lana’s approach to filmmaking is so different now. Tonally, this new movie is its own beast. It has a sense of humor that I think will surprise people. And it’s very meta. The movie is aware of the Matrix legend.”
Speaking about his experience working with Reeves and Moss, who return as the fan-favorite duo of Neo and Trinity, Henwick said the two actors were pretty welcoming.
“They were so adorable. I’ve worked with Carrie-Anne on a Netflix series (‘Iron Fist’) before. So we already had a good friendship and it was really nice to come in.
“But I was nervous about meeting Keanu because I’m a big fan of him, not just ‘Matrix’, but all the work he’s ever done. There are very few actors who’s had such a long career of so much success and he gives the movie everything,” she said.