In the hours since actor Neil Patrick Harris’ casting, Deadline exclusively reported on Tuesday evening that actress Jada Pinkett Smith was in talks to rejoin the fray for writer/producer/director Lana Wachowski for the upcoming fourth installment of The Matrix saga.
If confirmed, Smith would reprise the role of Niobe, a human resistance leader of Zion and one of several captains who commands her own ship, fighting battlefronts in both the machine-conquered world as well as the machines’ digitized virtual prison, The Matrix, in which humans live, plugged in while their bodies are siphoned for energy.
Niobe’s character also appeared in the multiplayer game, Enter The Matrix, comprised of scenes from the franchise, as well as its own scenes exclusively for the game.
The new film is set to shoot as early as February next year as the film has since cast Smith’s fellow stars, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, and newly-added actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Check out Smith’s character poster below from the second film, The Matrix Reloaded.