Stars embrace a dazzling finale to Matrix film trilogy
by Nicolette Burke
PUMPED up and ready to party – the stars of The Matrix Revolutions last night celebrated the Sydney premiere of the final episode of the series.
Keanu Reeves, Jada Pinkett-Smith and producer Joel Silver flew into Sydney to promote the final episode of the sci-fi trilogy, which promises unprecedented action and special effects and was filmed here.
For Australian actor Hugo Weaving, who plays Agent Smith, last night's viewing was even more special as he prepared to see The Matrix Revolutions for the first time with hundreds of other VIPs at Sydney's Opera House.
"Everything that has a beginning has an end," is the film's catchcry, and Silver yesterday confirmed there would be no episode four of the successful trilogy.
The film will be released at the same time in 65 countries, at 9am in New York and 1am on Thursday in Sydney.
Silver who produced the Lethal Weapon movies and the upcoming film Gothika, said it was appropriate the premiere be held in Sydney, as a thanks to local residents for years of filming locally.
Now the trilogy which began production in 1997 is over, Reeves wants to take a break from playing the saviour of humanity and Hugo Weaving is looking to play a human again after six years as a computer program.
Weaving, who has been performing on stage since his roles as rogue computer program Agent Smith in the Matrix and as an elf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, told The Daily Telegraph he was happy to be back in the land of humans.
Reeves said the new film was "awesome" and was a fitting end to the trilogy.