First photos from set of 'The Matrix 4' as Keanu Reeves films in San Francisco

Tom Beasley
Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Keanu Reeves as Neo in the 'Matrix' franchise. (Credit: Warner Bros)

Keanu Reeves has been spotted on the streets of San Franciso’s Chinatown as filming gets underway on hotly anticipated sci-fi sequel The Matrix 4.

Bay Area newspaper the San Francisco Examiner shared pictures of Reeves and co-star Carrie-Anne Moss in between scenes on the upcoming adventure.

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The plot of the movie is being kept firmly under wraps, but fans have been disarmed by the fact Reeves does not seem to have adopted the trademark Neo look and appears more like John Wick out for a stroll.

Fans have been waiting for a continuation of the story since trilogy-closer The Matrix Revolutions landed to very mixed reviews in 2003.

One half of the original directing duo — Lana Wachowski — has returned to helm this new movie, and has co-written the script with novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

The actors were spotted in between scenes, so it’s not known whether their attire in the pictures reflects their look in the actual movie in any way.

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This didn’t stop fans from speculating wildly about Reeves’ appearance, including the lack of Neo’s iconic shades and hair.

Keanu Reeves fans react to 'Matrix 4' set photos. (Credit: Twitter)

Matrix 4 is due to arrive in cinemas in March 2021, in the same week as the fourth entry in Reeves’ John Wick franchise — providing a clear double bill for fans.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff and Priyanka Chopra have joined the series for the new Matrix installment.

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Before that, Reeves will be seen in a baffling-looking cameo in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, followed by another return to an old role in Bill & Ted Face the Music.