Iron Fist veteran Jessica Henwick has entered talks to costar in The Matrix 4, and is rumored to be circling the role of a Neo-like young protagonist. Henwick played martial artist Colleen Wing in both seasons of Marvel and Netflix's Iron Fist TV series, in addition to The Defenders crossover. Iron Fist season 2 even concluded with Colleen gaining the power of the Immortal Iron Fist, setting the stage for her to take center stage in season 3. Unfortunately, it and every other Netflix MCU series have since been cancelled.
Thankfully, Henwick hasn't been hurting for work since then. She's slated to costar in a number of films next year alone, including the belated horror-thriller Underwater, the MonsterVerse sequel Godzilla vs. Kong, and Sofia Coppola's upcoming directorial effort, On the Rocks. Now, it appears she's all but locked down a leading role in the recently-announced fourth installment in The Matrix franchise.
According to Deadline, Henwick is in discussions for a lead role in The Matrix 4 - one she won in an audition process, no less. The site further reports there's been buzz about the film including a "female-like" Neo character, which could potentially be the role that Henwick is circling.
So far, it's been confirmed that The Matrix co-creator and original trilogy co-director Lana Wachowski is returning to helm The Matrix 4 from a script she wrote with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are further set to reprise their original Matrix trilogy roles as Neo and Trinity in the film, with Jada Pinkett-Smith also in talks to return as Zion pilot and rebel Niobe from The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. Neil Patrick Harris and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are likewise onboard for The Matrix 4, but there are conflicting reports about who the latter is playing. Some outlets have heard he's going to portray a young Morpheus (the role originated by Laurence Fishburne), while others are saying he's been cast as a brand-new character.
Based on Deadline's article, it seems The Matrix 4 will continue to explore the concept of "The One", e.g. the person who's super-humanly powerful inside The Matrix and has been seemingly reincarnated many times over. Henwick could even be up to play the latest incarnation of "The One" in the sequel, following Neo's "death" in The Matrix Revolutions. The idea of the next "One" being a woman would be in keeping with Wachowski's previous work, as she's continued to explore themes of gender and identity in her post-Matrix trilogy films like Cloud Atlas and the Netflix series Sense8 (having publicly come out as transgender herself in 2012). Not to mention, it would allow Reeves as Neo to pass the torch on to another "One" in the movie, as some fans are hoping will happen.
The Matrix 4 does not have an official release date yet.