With The Matrix 4 heading our way in the relatively near future, it's time to crack out the DVD player (remember those?) and catch up on the franchise that twenty – T-W-E-N-T-Y – years ago introduced us to Neo, Morpheus, Trinity, and the dastardly Agent Smith.
As you peruse years of cinematic history, it's hard not to wonder what happened to many of the faces that graced our screens. Well, wonder no longer. Here's what all those major players from The Matrix have been up to since 2003.
Keanu Reeves - Neo
The action star has warmed hearts both on-screen and in real life. He is currently working on a very delayed sequel to the Bill and Ted movies, Bill and Ted Face the Music. He also has a cameo as a tumbleweed in the new SpongeBob movie, and has restored our faith in the men all over by simply being, gasp, a good guy. Also, he was Duke Caboom in Toy Story 4, so it's a thumbs up from us.
Laurence Fishburne - Morpheus
Fishburne played the wise, slightly groovy Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy but is not reprising his role in the fourth film, as far as we know.
Since his appearance in the Matrix, Fishburne has done, well, a lot – an entire Wikipedia page's worth. He reunited with his co-star Keanu Reeves in John Wick 2 and 3, and will star in the upcoming John Wick 4. He lent his voice to the Thrax in the oft-forgotten but utterly brilliant Osmosis Jones. Fishburne has also starred in both the DC universe, as Perry White, and the MCU (in Ant-Man and the Wasp). And let's not forget he ate his share of chocolate in Mission: Impossible III.
Carrie-Anne Moss - Trinity
Moss largely credits The Matrix with launching her career. Since her 1999 debut as Trinity, she has starred in films, TV series, and even launched her own lifestyle brand (move over, Goop!).
She starred in Chocolat which was nominated for five Oscars. Moss also starred alongside Guy Pierce in Memento and has ventured into the Marvel world via TV series as lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and Daredevil). She, too, will return to the Matrix in the fourquel.
Hugo Weaving - Agent Smith
Elrond, uh, we mean Hugo Weaving has had a long and distinguished career both before and after he starred as Agent Smith in The Matrix. He famously played Elrond in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, as well as V in V For Vendetta, and the Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger (but not Avengers: Infinity War or Endgame).
He lent his voice to Megatron in the Transformers series, to Noah in both Happy Feet movies, and to Rex the Male Sheepdog in Babe: Pig in the City. Yep. His other credits include Cloud Atlas, Hacksaw Ridge, and the upcoming Aussie movie Hearts and Bones.
Joe Pantoliano - Cypher
Before starring in The Matrix, Pantoliano made a name for himself playing baddies, both in Risky Business and The Goonies. After The Matrix, he was reunited with co-star Carrie-Anne Moss in Memento. He has starred in a wealth of shows and films including playing Captain Conrad Howard in Bad Boys – which he will reprise for the upcoming Bad Boys for Life.
Pantoliano has also lent his voice to three video games: Majestic, Grand Theft Auto III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. He started and runs a nonprofit organisation called No Kidding, Me Too! whose aim is to unite people in the entertainment industry in educating the public about mental illness.
Marcus Chong - Tank
Chong may be most notable for his absence in the second and third Matrix movies. His salary demands reportedly led to his character being written out and Chong entered a legal dispute with Warner Bros over the breach of contract.
Since The Matrix, Chong has continued to work, appearing on the TV series Burn Notice. He wrote a book called The Kill Off, which was published in 2019.
Anthony Ray Parker - Dozer
You'll remember Dozer as the pilot of the Nebuchadnezzar in the first Matrix film. Since then, Parker has acted in both film and television. He settled in New Zealand with his wife and sons.
In 2018, he appeared in Lone Star Deception with Eric Roberts and he also appeared in HBO's smash hit Euphoria.
Julian Arahanga - Apoc
A Māori New Zealand native, Julian Arahanga's biggest blockbuster role was in The Matrix, but his work extends beyond just being on the screen. He currently runs Awa Films in Wellington's Miramar (near where Peter Jackson made The Lord of the Rings).
Stuff.co.nz wrote: "He says the stories he wants to tell are New Zealand stories, Māori stories, stories that can win over global audiences.
"'Movies aren't there to save the world. Only humans can save the world. And what movies can do is bring awareness and open a conversation – but it's us that have to make the change.' he says."
Matt Doran - Mouse
Before The Matrix, Matt Doran starred in one of Australia's most famous soaps: Home and Away. He also appeared in the Star Wars prequel, Episode II: Attack of the Clones as Elan Sleazebaggano. No joke.
He stars in the upcoming film Intersection about a conman who discovers his son has been abducted and is forced to drive the streets of Sydney completing an escalating series of trials to appease his child's kidnapper and atone for his career of deception.
Belinda McClory - Switch
Besides appearing as Switch in the first Matrix film, Belinda McClory has had a long career in film and television. She starred as Alice Harvey in The Doctor Blake Mysteries series for three years and in two of its TV movies. She also stars in the upcoming Australian horror film The Wheel.
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