‘The Matrix 4’ Casts Ellen Hollman; ‘Sesame Street’ Movie Adds Chance the Rapper

Here’s a couple casting announcements for some upcoming Warner Bros. films.

The Matrix 4

The Matrix 4 cast continues to grow. Ellen Hollman (Spartacus) has joined the upcoming sequel in a mystery role, according to The Wrap. She joins other newcomers to the franchise like Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick and Yahya Abdul-Mateen. Hollman is also a trained Jiu-Jitsu martial artist, which should come in handy during those Matrix fight scenes.

The Matrix was released in 1999 to critical and financial acclaim. It was followed by two sequels that many consider disappointing follow-ups. It’s now been over a decade so Keanu Reeves and Lana Wachowski have another chance at creating a worthy sequel.

The Matrix 4 hits theaters May 21, 2021.

Sesame Street

It looks like Anne Hathaway won’t be the only actor asking how to get to Sesame Street.

Collider is reporting that Chance the Rapper has joined the cast of the upcoming Sesame Street. Apparently, the film will see Big Bird, Elmo, Grover, Cookie Monster, and company “expelled from their own neighborhood. They’re left no choice but to team up with history TV show host Sally Hawthorne (Hathaway) to prove that Sesame Street actually exists.”

This sort of sounds like the 2011 film The Muppets where the gang has all gone their separate ways but has to reunite to save Muppet Studios before it is torn down. Only this time, it seems like the world no longer believes Sesame Street to exist. That’s what you get for moving it to HBO Max, Elmo! (Side note: Follow That Bird! is an underrated gem.)

Chance the Rapper will be playing the aide to the mayor in the Sesame Street movie, which means we can expect casting for the mayor sometime soon. I think Chance the Rapper really loves Sesame Street because he appeared in a segment on the show in January 2019. Check it out:

Jonathan Krisel (Portlandia) is signed on to direct a script written by Mike Rosolio and Chris Galleta. Bo Burnham (Eighth Grade) will also be writing original songs for the movie. Sesame Street is set to hit theaters January 14, 2022.

Do you think a Sesame Street movie is a good idea? What about a fourth Matrix film? Does Warner Bros. have original ideas anymore?

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

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