EXCLUSIVE: Several sources tell us that Jada Pinkett Smith is in current negotiations to return for Warner Bros./Village Roadshow’s The Matrix 4. She played the role of Niobe in parts 2 and 3, The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. It is not a done deal yet, we hear.
Niobe is from Zion, and the captain of the Logos hovercraft. She’s also one of the rebels in the war against the Machines and the Matrix. In the virtual world of the Matrix, Niobe is a gifted martial artist. The character also appeared in the Enter the Matrix videogame and The Matrix Online multiplayer game.
Earlier today it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris is joining the Matrix 4 cast, which currently includes Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II; the latter is rumored to play a young Morpheus. Lana Wachowski will direct and co-write the screenplay with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Grant Hill produces.
Also this afternoon, Deadline learned that Pinkett Smith signed with WME. Her filmography counts $4.5 billion at the global box office from such pics as the Madagascar franchise, Collateral, Girls Trip and Bad Moms. She is the host and executive producer of Facebook Watch’s Red Table Talk, alongside her daughter Willow Smith and mother Adrienne Banfield-Norris. Pinkett Smith also is repped by Miguel Melendez at Three Six Zero Management and attorneys Jason Sloane and Mark Wetzstein. CAA, Pinkett Smith’s former agent, is brokering the Matrix 4 deal.
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