It is now being reported by Deadline that Jada Pinkett-Smith is in talks to return for Matrix 4, too. Pinkett-Smith joined the franchise as Niobe for the two sequels, so this will be her third appearance if a deal is made. At this stage in negotiations though, Deadline stresses that her return is not a done deal. In the years since playing Niobe, Pinkett-Smith went on to star in Gotham, comedies like Bad Moms and Girls Trip, and was most recently seen in Angel Has Fallen.
She joins Neil Patrick Harris, who was reported to join the cast alongside Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, earlier today.
Operating under the working title Project Ice Cream, little is known about the plot of The Matrix 4 at this time. However, last month, Reeves confirmed he’d seen the script and said, “It’s very ambitious. As it should be!” Additionally, it was reported that studio execs may be looking to cast a younger incarnation of Morpheus for the planned sequel.
Officially confirmed to be in active development in August after years of rumors and speculation, the fourth Matrix is expected to begin principal photography in early 2020, though no release date has been announced by Warner Bros.