‘The Matrix’ co-director Lilly Wachowski is giving fans details on what the movie is really about. Essentially, it centers around transformation and being transgender.
“That was the original intention. But the world wasn’t quite ready,” says Lilly Wachowski, who revealed her transgender status with her sister and ‘Matrix’ co-director after the movie hit theaters.
Wachowski broke the news in a Netflix video earlier this week confirming fans’ suspicions. “I’m glad that it has gotten out,” she said.
The first ‘Matrix’ movie came out in 1999. “The corporate world wasn’t ready,” said Lilly but, she confirmed that many transgender people understood the movie and thanked the director.
She points out Switch, a character in the first movie, as an example of the film’s intention to be about transgender. In the original script, the character changes genders upon entering the Matrix, where he is a male in the “real” world and a female in The Matrix. Warner Bros. decided to cut the scene from the movie and decided on just one gender in the original movie.
Wachowski said she always like science fiction to explain what she was feeling. “We were existing in a space where the words didn’t exist, so we were always living in a world of imagination.”.
The Matrix is one of the most popular movie franchises of all time. The Sci-Fi franchise created by The Wachowskis centers around the creation of artificial intelligence, which leads to a race of self-aware machines that have imprisoned humanity in a virtual reality system called ‘The Matrix’ and are used as a power source. Every so often, some of the prisoners break free and become a threat to the future of The Matrix.
The first movie was a critical and commercial hit. The production won four Academy Awards and became a pop-cultural phenomenon. The Matrix Reloaded was an even bigger hit movie becoming the highest-grossing R-rated film inhibitory. As of 2006, the film has generated $3 billion in revenue. Warner Bros. Pictures has confirmed a fourth ‘Matrix’ movie is in development with Lana Wachowski co-writing and directing and Keanu Reeves reprising their roles.