As filming on The Matrix 4 has wrapped in Germany, one would wonder how a cast is expected to commemorate their accomplishment in the age of COVID-19. For Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and the rest of the cast of The Matrix 4, the workaround seems to have been pretending like they’re filming, when they’re actually celebrating instead.
Rumor has it that the highly-anticipated Matrix 4 pretended that their wrap party was actually a scene for the upcoming film. The Matrix 4, which was filming in Germany and previously in San Francisco, forbids such large gatherings of people, yet Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast seems to have found a clever workaround.
The wrap party/unfilmed scene was held at Studio Babelsberg in Postdam, Germany, and a spokeswoman for the studio, Bianca Markarewicz says that Keanu Reeves and the rest of The Matrix 4’s cast and crew were actually shooting a celebration scene, and that COVID-19 regulations were complied with throughout the shoot. Markarewicz said the production specifically chose to put this scene at the end of shooting.
While an unknown attendee at the party said that The Matrix 4 was not filming, it would make sense for a celebration scene to be saved for the end of filming, not only because of the restrictions in place, but also to save such a difficult shot for the conclusion of the shoot. Possibly the scene was both a celebration within the film and for Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and the rest of the cast and crew?
The Matrix 4 has been extremely secretive during its shoot, with little known about the production. Keanu Reeves has called the film a love story, and while the previous three films in the series have been directed by both Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski, this fourth installment is solely directed by Lana. Wachowski is also writing The Matrix 4, alongside former Sense8 writer Aleksandar Hemon, and David Mitchell, who wrote the book Cloud Atlas, which the Wachowski sisters adapted in 2012.
We also know that The Matrix 4 will have a remarkable cast. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning as the series’ leads, Neo and Trinity, respectively, however, Laurence Fishburne is not expected to reprise his role as Morpheus, or Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith. Also returning are Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe and Lambert Wilson as the Merovingian, both of whom debuted in 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded.
But beyond actors like Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning, The Matrix 4 has an impressive cast of new characters. Among the new cast members are Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (HBO’s Watchmen), Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Jonathan Groff (Frozen 2), Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Jessica Henwick (On the Rocks), Ellen Hollman (Love and Monsters), and John Wick’s Daniel Bernhardt, who is listed on IMDB as “Agent Johnson”.
Whether or not this party was a celebration made for the film, or a sneaky workaround to let Keanu Reeves and the rest of the cast and crew conclude the end of shooting in style, we’ll likely have to wait and see when The Matrix 4 releases on December 22, 2021.