Did you know that the production of “The Matrix”, unable to find the one who would play Neo, at one time considered having the character played by a woman? A famous actress has even been contacted!
Will Smith had preferred to devote himself to Wild Wild West. Russell Crowe had not been convinced by the script. Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ewan McGregor had also declined the offer. In short, the production of the cult film Matrix, broadcast this Wednesday evening on TF1, encountered great difficulty in finding the interpreter of Neo. To the point that it was for a time considered to play the character of the hacker … by a woman!
Not finding a suitable male shoe, the Matrix production decided to contact Sandra Bullock. “We met so many people! We were desperate. We are so went to see Sandra Bullock telling her that we were going to change Neo into a woman “, revealed in 2019 the producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura at the microphone of The Wrap.
“Joel Silver and I had worked with Sandra, who is a very good friend, on Demolition Man”, he continues. “We sent him the script and were ready to try to modify it if he was interested. But it just wasn’t the right project for her at the time and the story ended there. “ For the record, it should be noted that Sandra Bullock was also offered the role of Trinity, ultimately assigned to Carrie-Anne Moss.
While the idea of a female performer to play Neo was quickly ruled out, the casting continued, with Keanu Reeves ultimately getting the role. A Keanu Reeves who, a few years earlier, had had great success with the action film Speed, in which he gave the reply to a certain … Sandra Bullock!
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