Keanu Reeves spotted filming 'Matrix 4' as fans get first glimpse of Neo

Keanu Reeves spotted filming 'Matrix 4' as fans get first glimpse of Neo

In August last year, The Matrix 4 was officially confirmed, with Keanu Reeves set to reprise his role as futuristic hero Neo, Variety reported at the time.

Lana Wachowski will be writing (alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell) and directing the fourth instalment of the franchise. The 54-year-old filmmaker is also producing with Australian film producer Grant Hill.

All three of the existing films - The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions - were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly.

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix (1999):

And now exciting new footage has surfaced on Twitter giving fans a first glimpse at Keanu Reeves as Neo in the upcoming sequel. As reported by ABC7 News, the clip was filmed in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Per Variety, Wachowski made this statement last August:

"Many of the ideas [her sister] Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix Reloaded (2003):

Toby Emmerich, Chairman at Warner Bros. Pictures Group, added according to Variety:

"We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary – a singular and original creative filmmaker and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe."

Take a look at the trailer for The Matrix Revolutions (2003):

Details over how the movie will play out are still largely unknown, especially where Laurence Fishburne's character Morpheus is concerned. It is being reported that a younger actor may be recast in the role.

The first installment of the franchise had its 20th-anniversary last year. To mark the occasion, special screenings at select AMC locations were organized.