The newest installment of the fourth Matrix is incessantly ramping up. The project is steadily adding names to its ensemble cast. As first reported by Deadline, Jada Pinkett Smith has entered negotiations to reprise her role of Niobe in the upcoming sequel.
Smith initially appeared in both The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Additionally, she reprised the role as voiceovers in videogames Enter the Matrix and The Matrix Online. Deadline is reporting that the return is not yet a done deal. However, with confirmation that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles, it is likely Warner Bros will work something out with the actress.
Earlier today, it was reported that Neil Patrick Harris joined the cast of the film. This week also saw the addition of Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Smith’s Niobe had a good relationship with Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus, so perhaps Smith and Abdul-Mateen II will have some screentime if the latter is indeed the son of Morpheus, as is rumored.
Smith’s Niobe is from Zion and is one of the fiercest warriors in the war against the machines. Smith, in real life, is a strong warrior for women empowerment and equality. This role may be exactly the type that young girls all over the world are clamoring to see.
What do you think? Would you be excited to see Smith return to the franchise? Sound off in the comments!