Reeves, who starred in the science fiction franchise where humans are imprisoned in a simulated reality, recently told Yahoo Entertainment he was unaware of the original meaning before Lilly Wachowski, who co-created the franchise with sister Lana, recently endorsed it.
Though Lilly never told Reeves about a deeper trans story in the films, the actor said, “I think ‘The Matrix’ films are profound, and I think that allegorically, a lot of people in different versions of the film can speak to that.”
He added, “And for Lilly to come out and share that with us, I think is cool.”
Yahoo then asked whether that message will manifest itself more in the upcoming “Matrix 4,” to which Reeves replied, “I don’t know. I think it’ll be open to interpretation.”
In a video earlier this month for Netflix Film Club, Lilly spoke about that interpretation, saying, “I’m glad that it has gotten out that that was the original intention.”
The filmmaker said she loved how meaningful the films had become to trans people, adding, “When you talk about transformation, specifically in the world of science fiction, which is just about imagination and world-building and the idea of the seemingly impossible becoming possible, I think that’s why it speaks to them so much.”
For those interested in the deeper meaning behind the films, Netflix also tweeted an in-depth breakdown, because you can’t just be told what the Matrix is. You need to see it for yourself.