WATCH this face ... it's going places.
by Lisa Simmons
Former Gold Coast schoolboy Clayton Watson has landed a role in The Matrix, opposite Hollywood star Keanu Reeves.
Watson, 24, will play The Kid, a teenager who casts himself in the mould of his hero Neo (played by Reeves).
The Kid's mission is to join Neo, Trinity and Morpheus in their search for truth.
The trio, however, think The Kid is too young to cut the mustard on their team.
Watson makes a short debut in Matrix 2, with his character's history further expanded for fans in a Japanese anime short, which will tail the movie when it is released on DVD.
Watson, meanwhile, is off to join Reeves and crew for a bigger role in Matrix 3 when shooting begins next year.
His contract options him for Matrix movies four, five and six should the series last that long.
"I was such a fan of The Matrix. I just couldn't believe it when I learned I'd got the role," says Watson, who won the role from hopefuls who auditioned in Australia and the United States.
"I got a phone call about two weeks after my final audition in America, so no one else saw my reaction, luckily. I laughed, I cried and I even swore," he laughs.