Matrix 4: December 2019 Latest Updates

It’s been a slow drip of news for Matrix 4 updates, so I wait until the end of the month to give you all the most important, juicy details altogether. Here’s what’s new with what we now know with Matrix 4:

Casting Updates

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris has been cast, and his role is still unknown. You may recognize him as Barney from How I Met Your Mother. He’s also been in movies such as Dr. Horrible’s Sing-along Blog, Gone Girl, and a Series of Unfortunate Events. This is one of the most surprising choices to cast, and it will be interesting to see what role he will be in.

Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick

Jessica Henwick has been cast, and her role is still unknown as well. You may recognize her as Nymeria Sand from Game of Thrones, or as Colleen Wing in The Iron Fist. She can definitely kick ass, so she’s an exciting martial arts casting choice.

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff

Jonathan Groff is another surprising cast choice. He’s probably best known as voicing Kristoff and his reindeer Sven from Frozen and Frozen 2. He’s also a main character on the series Mind Hunter from Netflix, where he plays an FBI agent, so he can definitely play some serious stuff.

Toby Onmuwere

Toby Onmuwere

Toby Onmuwere has been cast, and once again, his role is as of yet a mystery. This casting actually wasn’t much of a surprised to me, since he’s a main character in the Wachowski’s series Sense 8. Not only is Sense 8 seasons 1 and 2 some of the latest work that the Wachowskis have made, it has also been written by David Mitchell and Alexander Hemon, who both helped contribute to writing the script for Matrix 4. I’m expecting to hear more casting choices from people who contributed to Sense 8, especially Doona Bae for instance, who is in Sense 8 too and was a major character in the Cyberpunk scenes of Cloud Atlas, which was also by David Mitchell.

Other News

Keanu Reeves has a girlfriend!

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That’s right, internet, Keanu Reeves is unfortunately off the market! Considering it’s the age of the Keanussance, it was big news when this story broke on November 6 that Keanu was walking down the red carpet holding hands with Alexandra Grant.

After meeting and getting together with Jennifer Syme in 1998, the couple experienced their first tragedy when she had a stillbirth after 8 months of pregnancy. It devastated the couple, who separated, and then not even two years later, Syme was killed in a tragic car crash.

So now after being single for about 15 years, fans were very happy to learn that he found happiness again! Also for someone as cultured and interesting as Alexandra Grant, who is a multilingual visual artist who is also a feminist and has published two books with Reeves, “Ode to Happiness” and “Shadows”.

Keanu Reeves and Carrie Anne-Moss are working out again to prepare for their roles

“That was such a shocker,” Moss said to ET when she learned she would be returning to the Matrix franchise. “I’m still processing it that I’m going to do that again.” About playing Trinity, she added that it’s not about “trying to replicate something. You’re trying to expand it.”

“It’s definitely 20 years later and I have to remember to take my time because I get pretty into it,” she says with a laugh. “I have to be so incredibly strong to do it.” She remembers this because when she was filming the Matrix trilogy, she actually broke her leg doing it.

“That happened,” Moss said matter-of-factly about getting hurt. “Every day I was making those movies was incredible. Even when it was hard, even when we were dealing with tough stuff.”

Although it will be tough, grueling stuff, Moss reports she’s ready for the challenge. “I’m just so happy to be in it and being part of it,” she said, adding that what she remembers most about her time working on the franchise is how much she loved doing it. “To me, that’s the only part I have control over is my experience on the project — not necessarily how it’s received or how it does.”

Moss concludes by saying, “I’m taking it one day at a time for sure.”

Meanwhile, Keanu Reeves is back at Taran Tactical to train for both The Matrix and John Wick movies. So perhaps we can expect…

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Guns. Lots of Guns. 

Last, but not least: Matrix 4 finally has a release date!

Matrix 4 has finally been given a release date, so mark your calendars: It’s May 21st, 2021. For now this is conflicting with John Wick 3 release date (which still doesn’t even have a script yet) but it’s expected John Wick will be bumped to a later date. Nonetheless, that didn’t stop mega-fans from dubbing the day as Keanu Reeves day.

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Black Mirror’s Metalhead Review–Could This Be Our Dystopian Future?

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Not for the faint of heart

Metalhead is an incredibly bleak episode, one of many in the Black Mirror Series. It’s set in a dystopian future where sentient robots, called dogs, hunt humans. The entire episode is set in black and white, and the musical score is as chilling as any proper horror short story. The episode follows three members of a survival group who are out foraging for supplies, looking for a specific box on the top shelf of a specific warehouse out in the wasteland. Hastily-abandoned cars litter the side of the road among empty, destitue landscapes, suggesting something went seriously wrong in this world.

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A Killer Robot Dog With No Face

The characters encounter one of these “dogs” early on, and this is where the true horror sets in. This dog is completely expressionless, adding a cold and calculating element to its purpose to apparently search and destroy any human it comes across. Part of what makes this killer robot so chilling is perhaps because the technology it employs does not seem that far-fetched compared to what is possible today.

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Slow-Motion Horror

Another masterfully done element of this short horror piece is the slow-motion effects that are employed whenever something truly shocking and terrible happens. It reminds me of anytime something awful is in progress of happening, so bad it requires a shift in worldview or complete change in perspective afterwards, and so while it happens it seems as if time slows down. If you’ve ever watched something truly valuable like a new cellphone fall towards the hard concrete without a case, or some priceless bauble tumble into a drain, perhaps you can relate. And so too is the viewer taken along for the ride of the horror that these humans encounter.

Similar to other horror films (I would think, because it’s a genre I try to avoid) the camera often takes the place of what the dog sees, how it scans the land and how it pursues its prey. This at least reminded me of the AI visions from the perspective of the Terminator.

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Alternating Between First-Person and Third-Person Shots

Surprisingly, the camera never takes a complete first person perspective of the humans in the episode, but with the masterfully cut angles it might well have with its close-up shots of the tools that the surviving humans encounter in their breathless run from the dogs.

As terrifying as this episode is (including the decidedly unhappy ending), one might find solace in thinking that this dog, this technology, isn’t possible.

Why This Matters: Chilling Parallels with Boston Dynamics

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Well, that same terror might return if the viewer knows about the work of Boston Dynamics. See any similarities here?

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Boston Dynamics has already made several breakthroughs in the mobility of their robots, and I for one think it’s just a matter of time that these robots, similar to the drone technology we already have, will become more widespread and available, especially with the military.

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It’s not a far leap to guess that weaponizing the quadruped robots they already have would be useful to ‘save lives’ for the military, and once that’s achieved, it’s only a matter of time before those weaponized robots are hunting enemy humans (as this Youtube Channel Corridor effectively imagines). Combine that with the drones that are already dropping bombs on people, and you have a truly dystopian future.

The acting in this episode is masterfully done, as are the shots and the scenes. I would have liked to see the episode in color, as the black and white scale was unnecessary, but I suppose it does add an artistic and even more somber touch to an already depressingly terrorizing episode.

Final Verdict: 9/10

You have to take the episode for what it is: A chilling, and thrilling, standalone episode. I always find that it’s the episodes that you keep on thinking about long after you’ve seen it that are the most influential, and this episode is definitely one of them. Because of the acting, the black and white stylistic choice, the action, the horror, and the direction of different angles, this is an excellent thrilling robot horror episode.

Cyberpunk Matrix Interviews NeoSkies!

Last weekend I was able to interview NeoSkies! In case you haven’t seen her before, NeoSkies creates an incredible amount of Cyberpunk-related content daily via her website, instagram, and twitter. She graciously agreed to answer some questions about her favorite Cyberpunk works, her inspiration, and how she got started with

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What’s your real first name? If you feel comfortable sharing it.

My real name is Joy, though I do go by NeoSkies 🙂

What got you into Cyberpunk?

So ironically enough, I was watching E3 2018 and I saw the 40 minute Cyberpunk 2077 demo.  I remember being so intrigued by how the world looked from the futuristic aesthetic, outlawed districts and above all the weaponry. It was like stepping into a whole new world that I never knew existed. I started to search more about the game and soon decided I wanted to dive more into the Cyberpunk genre.

What made you decide to start

I was a digital artist on Instagram for a long time and in April of this year I wanted to create a website where I could further express myself and create content that I wouldn’t be able to post on social media. Such as: Tutorials, blog posts, process videos and etc. That’s why the website was called ‘’ but after a couple of months realising that art wasn’t something I no longer wanted to pursue (career wise) I took a break.

You post a lot on Instagram and Twitter. How do you keep on posting original content so regularly?

Oh wow, good question! Well first let me say, there is just so much to talk about and discuss when it comes to Cyberpunk so the way I see it, content ideas are endless. I do aim to create content in advance to help with my sanity 😂 but I do tend to create content on the day (especially when an idea or theory comes to my head). But I believe it’s all down to scheduling and just having times throughout the day to be in silence. It helps a lot, especially when you’re struggling for ideas, sometimes the best ideas come to me in silence.

What’s your inspiration for the content that you post? Where do you get your ideas?

Above all else, the main thing I want my content to do is spark curiosity in the Cyberpunk genre. So a lot of my inspirations come from myself and what I find fun or what I’m curious about. Such as: quizzes, polls and theories. I also look at IGN, Pinterest and BuzzFeed for content ideas.

I saw recently that you added Ruth to your team. She’s your sister, right? How did that come about?

Ah yes! My sister, Ruth, is a filmmaker but in her spare time she helps me with creating content for my page. She’s no stranger to the Cyberpunk genre as she’s obsessed with Deus Ex and Mr Robot. She’s always wanted to create content around it but she didn’t know where, and that’s when we got the eureka moment of working together. I create content on all things Blade Runner and Altered Carbon and she does the same with Deus Ex and Mr Robot 🙂

What are your top three favorite Cyberpunk works, and why?

Blade Runner, Blade Runner 2049 and Blade Runner: Blackout. If you didn’t know already… I’m OBSESSED with Blade Runner. It was the first film I watched when I got into Cyberpunk and that’s why it holds such a dear place in my heart, it’s like my first love.

I was in awe when I saw Blade Runner (1982), the movie was ahead of it’s time for sure! The idea that these ‘robots’ were a danger to humanity because they were expressing human emotions was just bizarre to me. Like what’s wrong with that? And above all, Roy Batty was just so easy to fall in love with, he was by far the main reason why I kept watching the movie.

Blade Runner 2049 was something I hated at first but after watching it a second time, I now consider it superior to the original. It had a more compelling narrative and it was easier to understand and follow. Also, I loved the set design and relationships that were shown in the sequel. Especially Joi and K’s relationship and the dynamic between Niander Wallace and Luv.

I didn’t know Denis Villeneuve released 3 short films before Blade Runner 2049, so you can imagine how excited I was to find out that there were more Blade Runner films to see.

I don’t know what it was but Blackout hit me differently than the other two movies. I felt this feeling of anger, grief, pain and sadness towards the replicants that I didn’t feel in the other two movies. I don’t want to spoil anything but I would love to see more about this storyline in future installments.

With Altered Carbon being such a hit last year on Netflix, Cyberpunk 2077 releasing next year as the most anticipated game of the year, and Elon Musk recently unveiling his CyberTruck, what are your thoughts on Cyberpunk as a genre and its future? Do you think it’s going to continue becoming more mainstream, or is it just a passing fad?

Right now, I believe this is truly the beginning of the rise of Cyberpunk. Now more than ever we are living in the future that this genre warns us about.

I do feel like it’s a 50/50 chance that Cyberpunk could go mainstream or sink to the bottom to be unheard of again. But something’s telling me that it will continue to grow and expand. I mean just look at what Cyberpunk 2077 did with me, I had no clue this genre existed but now I do and that’s all because of this game.

Finally, what does the word Cyberpunk mean to you?

Wow, Cyberpunk means so much to me, it’s a place where I truly feel like I belong. Cyberpunk makes me feel like I can express myself freely, I struggle a lot with self esteem and self love, and this genre challenged the way I see myself. I’ve grown a lot in confidence and this is something I didn’t think I had. This genre rebels against society’s norms and you can be whoever you want here, I love that!

Cyberpunk sparks my curiosity in so many ways, I no longer look at the world through one telescope but multiple. My views on humanity, technology, sexuality and economy have changed a lot since I joined the community.

You can find Joy on her blog at or on her twitter or Instagram, where she constantly produces content and regularly engages with the Cyberpunk community.