Apparently Stephen King Is Okay With Pet Sematary’s Big Change

Earlier this month, Warner Bros released a new trailer for Pet Sematary that revealed a key change from the source material. Unlike in the original Stephen King novel, where toddler Gage Creed is the one who’s killed and later resurrected in the eponymous graveyard, the remake is having Gage’s sister, Ellie, take his place in the truck accident. Needless to say this change has generated a lot of chatter amongst Pet Sematary fans, but according to Jason Clarke, who’s playing patriarch Louis Creed in the latest adaptation, King is okay with this particular creative liberty being taken. As Clarke put it:

It goes without saying that when adapting a book into a movie, there are going to be changes to the narrative not only so it can fit within a certain runtime, but also stand out from the source material. This latest Pet Sematary movie also needs to differentiate itself from the previous one that came out in 1989, and killing Ellie Creed instead of Gage Creed is one of the ways it will do so. Stephen King hasn’t always approved of changes made to his tales, as evidenced by how he feels about Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of The Shining, but according to Jason Clarke, he doesn’t have an issue with Pet Sematary killing off the other Creed child.

Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura previously noted that Pet Sematary directors Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer were “nervous” about making this change to Stephen King’s story, but decided to move forward with it because they felt it was too difficult to get the three-year-old actors playing Gage Creed (Hugo Lavoie and Lucas Lavoie) to do what that kid is doing in the original book. Clearly Jason Clarke agrees with this decision, saying later in his interview with Flickering Myth:

We’ll have to wait and see just how many other changes are in store for the new Pet Sematary movie, but considering that there’s been a Stephen King-aissance unfolding over the last several years with movies like IT and TV shows like Castle Rock, there’ll probably be a fair amount of folks who check out Pet Sematary either to watch the tale unfold for the first time or to compare this adaptation to the original version. Along with the previously mentioned actors, Pet Sematary stars Amy Seimetz as Rachel Creed, Jeté Laurence as Ellie Creed, John Lithgow as Jud Crandall, Obssa Ahmed as Victor Pascow and Alyssa Brooke Levine as Zelda Goldman.

Pet Sematary scares its way into theaters on April 5. Don’t forget to look through our 2019 release schedule to find out what other movies are opening later this year.

James Wan Gave Shazam!’s Director Advice On How To Deal With Trailer Backlash

Warner Bros dropped the first trailer for Shazam! last year at San Diego Comic-Con. In the last month, we’ve also been treated a nearly-minute long preview and a behind-the-scenes featurette incorporating existing footage, but many fans are clamoring for another full-length trailer to be released before Shazam! arrives in the spring. Not being a stranger to the reactions of comic book movie fans, Aquaman director James Wan gave Shazam! director David F. Sandberg some advice on how to handle the backlash online. He wrote:

James Wan provided this advice after David F. Sandberg said on Twitter that there weren’t any specific updates on the next Shazam! trailer he could provide, though because the movie is coming out in less than two months, obviously there won’t be any shortage of marketing for the World’s Mightiest Mortal’s first theatrical movie in these coming weeks. In any case, Wan offered his two cents on how to deal with fan concerns and complaints, from some fans being upset about the Aquaman trailer taking so long to arrive to other fans being displeased with how much footage the later previews were showing. Whatever flews his way, Wan stayed focused on Aquaman and ignored folks complaining on social media.

That’s good advice for David F. Sandberg to consider, especially with Shazam! so close to hitting the big screen. Having made over $1.1 billion worldwide, clearly tuning out the noise and distraction worked for James Wan on Aquaman. Whether or not Shazam! comes anywhere close to hitting Aquaman’s level of commercial success, judging by what he initially posted, Sandberg already knows to make sure the final product turns out well and to just have fun with all the demands for the next Shazam! trailer, like turning Mark Strong’s Thaddeus Sivana blue to poke fun at the Aladdin Genie controversy.

Partially adapted from the character’s New 52 origin story, but also bringing in other elements from his decades-long comic book history, Shazam! will see the adolescent Billy Batson meeting the mysterious Wizard and being given the ability to turn into a mighty, adult superheroes. With the help of his foster brother Freddie, Billy will have to get the hang of his new powers quickly, as he’ll eventually clash with Dr. Sivana, a scientist whose unlocked the secrets of magic after not being chosen as the Wizard’s champion when he was a child.

Shazam! will work its magic in theaters on April 5, so stay tuned to CinemaBlend for continuing coverage. Aquaman is wrapping up its time on the big screen, but you’ll be able to watch the movie in the comfort of your own home when it comes on Digital HD March 5, with the Blu-ray and DVD copies following on March 26.

Chris Hemsworth Is The Perfect Choice To Play Hulk Hogan But We Do Have Major Concerns

As I even just begin to type these words it has just been revealed that Chris Hemsworth has been cast to play the Immortal Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea) in a brand new biopic for Netflix. It’s just about the best possible timing as we sit on the eve of the wide release of what is probably the biggest movie about professional wrestling ever made, Fighting with My Family, ( a small movie by blockbuster standards, but still a wide release film with major names, like former wrestler Dwayne Johnson attached) that we learn that one of the biggest names the industry has ever seen will get his own movie. And the choice of Chris Hemsworth to play the part seems like the best possible choice one could make. He’s played Thor in the marvel Cinematic Universe, and what is Hulk Hogan if not a comic book character brought to life? At the same time, I’m not sure any living person will be able to quite do justice to the over-the-top personality that is Hulk Hogan.

While the question of who is the best professional wrestler ever is a hotly debated topic, Hulk Hogan is part of any conversation. While Hogan was never the best technical performer in the ring, he is almost certainly the biggest name the industry has ever seen. His personality transcended wrestling. He was able to become the biggest name the industry had ever seen despite any in-ring shortcomings because he could sell a match on the mic alone. You didn’t have to know anything about the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) to know the name Hulk Hogan.

Chris Hemsworth may not be quite the star in Hollywood that Hulk Hogan was in his wrestling heyday, but he’s a major name and getting him to play the role is a major get. Hemsworth is 6’3″, slightly shorter than Hogan, but we know he can put on serious muscle. The same workout plan that turns Hemsworth into Thor will be perfect to turn him into Hulk Hogan. Hemsworth is also 35-years-old, the same age Hogan was in the late 1980s, when he was at the height of his wrestling career.

At the same time, trying to picture Chris Hemsworth as Hulk Hogan isn’t easy. Picturing Thor, but with a blonde handlebar mustache and a (balding) mullet feels almost cartoonish. Hulk Hogan’s look was something I’m not sure anybody else could actually pull off and keep a straight face.

Beyond the look though, is the performance. We’ve never seen Chris Hemswrth play a character with quite the energy of Hulk Hogan. Even when he’s playing a more comedic version of Thor, he tends to be more grounded than many of those he plays against. Hemsworth’s characters tend to be serious and reserved. That’s not Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan was at the top of professional wrestling during an era when keyfabe, the attempt to portray wrestling as real, even outside of the ring, was in full effect. While the biopic will certainly endeavor to still show the “real” Hulk Hogan, every time we see Chris Hemsworth in a public setting, he’ll be performing as the Hulkster. And the Hulkster was unlike anybody else. Can you imagine Chris Hemsworth trying to pull off the wrestling promo below.

Sure, Chris Hemsworth is an actor and if one man can do it, any actor can certainly try to imitate, and no portrayal of a real person is ever exactly right, that’s essentially impossible. Still, what made Hulk Hogan so memorable wasn’t simply the way he carried himself, it was that you bought every second of it. The wrestling promo above, while ridiculous, still works because you can believe that the guy saying it believes every word of it. I feel like that combination will be difficult for any actor to put together in just the right way the way Hogan did.

There are some ways that the Hulk Hogan movie could deal with these complications. The most obvious is to give the entire film a bit of a comedic edge to it. Lean into the ridiculousness of the whole thing.

While that could work, it’s not the best option the movie could choose. Professional wrestling is home to countless stories that are worthy of their own movies, and it feels like now is the time for those films to maybe be made. Fighting with my Family is one of the first films about professional wrestling that is really going to treat the subject, if you’ll pardon the expression, realistically. Hulk Hogan deserves the same treatment.

The movie could also avoid the issue by simply skipping over that part of the story. However, since the movie reportedly is going to focus on the “rise of Hulkamania” I don’t see how you do that without really showing Hulk Hogan as he really was in front of the camera in the 80s.

Certainly, Chris Hemsworth would not have signed on to play Hulk Hogan if he didn’t think he could do it, and the producers (one of which is Hogan himself, and another is Hogan’s long time friend and business partner Eric Bischoff) would not have have brought him on board if they didn’t believe he was the right man for the job.

I hope this movie turns out great. I would love to see a movie about the life of Hulk Hogan and I would love to see Chris Hemsworth really nail the role. Until I see Hemsworth pull off a full wrestling promo in character (which would make for a fantastic trailer by the way) I won’t be 100% sold on this.

There is, it needs to be said, one other potential problem with this Hulk Hogan biopic. If Hogan himself is acting as a producer and a consultant on the project, what sort of biopic are we really going to get? Will we really see the true story? Even if unintentionally, Hogan will naturally want to be sure he is painted in the best possible light and if you know anything about the career of Hulk Hogan, you’ll know that making sure he came out on top of every story was one thing the former wrestler was incredibly good at.

Biopics don’t need to make their subjects out to be monsters, but they shouldn’t always be the hero either. Every person has both sides to them throughout life and any Hulk Hogan movie needs to show the reality of that as best it can. It’s no accident that the only guy in Bohemian Rhapsody who ever looks like an asshole is the one who’s no longer around to defend himself.

As a fan of professional wrestling since the age of nine, I have high hopes for this brand new project. It could be something really great. Chris Hemsworth has a lot of work ahead of him, and Hulk Hogan needs to make sure he doesn’t get too involved in his own story. If everybody plays their role properly, however, then this could be the movie all the Hulkamaniacs have been waiting for.

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How Hiccup and Astrid’s Relationship Feels Different Then Typical Cartoon Couples

Audiences love a cute couple to root for and through the years animated movies have delivered a lot of memorable couples in all shapes and sizes: Mickey and Minnie, Aladdin and Jasmine, Shrek and Fiona, Wall-E and Eve. Rooting for that final kiss and happily ever after makes for exciting character story arcs but it’s not the only way to do it. As the How To Train Your Dragon trilogy soon closes out with the release of The Hidden World this weekend, audiences will also say goodbye to Hiccup and Astrid, who have shared a romance throughout the series, though the typical clichés have never been a part of the couple’s story.

The How To Train Your Dragon movies incorporated love interests for the main characters, but in a more realistic take on love than what’s typically been shown on screen. The couple don’t deal with unnecessary drama, glitzy gestures or long confessions of love, they just are, plain and simple. Hiccup and Astrid are supportive of one another and look to have a genuine connection.

America Ferrera jumped in, explaining why their unique dynamic over the past three films appeals to her with these words:

Yes!! Here’s to more cartoon couples being cute and making us smile without being contributing to unrealistic movie tropes! Take a look at the How To Train Your Dragon pair talking about their characters from my recent interview below:

How many time have we rewatched our favorite animated couples to find something a bit off about them? Beauty and the Beast only found each other because the Beast kidnapped the Beauty… how romantic? Hiccup and Astrid’s relationship shows a movie can be exciting with the presence of love interests who have a satisfying ending without following the typical formula.

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World promises an emotional ending for fans of the franchise, including for Hiccup and Astrid. Many fans have been following the franchise since the first film which came out in 2010 and the voice actors have been living and evolving with their characters since as well.

Following an impressive $175 million debut overseas and positive reviews from critics and early audiences, How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World will hit theaters this Friday, February 22.

Glenn Close Reveals Plan For Not Flipping Out Ahead Of The 2019 Oscars

At this weekend’s Academy Awards, actress Glenn Close is nominated for Best Actress for her role in The Wife. This is her seventh Oscar nomination and it would be her first win, but she isn’t letting the pressure of the moment get to her. As you might expect for an actor of her caliber, she has a careful plan for not flipping out ahead of Sunday’s ceremony. In her own words:

It’s a pretty simple plan, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective, and it’s not like Glenn Close hasn’t been in this situation before. She’s old hat at this and knows exactly how to maintain her composure in advance of such a huge night. Based on what Glenn Close told ET, it sounds like her plan is to just try to take her mind off the Oscars by thinking about… basically anything else.

The sky and trees are great; they’re also everywhere, which makes them easy to keep at the forefront of your mind. I would think that the attempt to think about anything else other than the awards would make you think about them more, but maybe the calming presence of nature is helping Glenn Close not go into anxiety overdrive at the prospect of winning her first Oscar.

It’s understandable that Glenn Close is making an attempt not to freak out because Oscar night carries with it the potential for a whole range of emotions, from the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, all hinging on the contents of an envelope. Glenn Close also told ET that the honor of a win would mean a great deal to her, but that fans should not be disappointed if she doesn’t.

Glenn Close faces some stiff competition in the Best Actress category on Sunday night. Opposite her are Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? Although Lady Gaga seemed like the frontrunner at one point, she has largely been shut out from major wins this awards season. She could come roaring back, but right now it seems like it’s between Glenn Close and Olivia Colman.

I think many would like to see Glenn Close finally take home a statue. She has been nominated six times before in both the leading and supporting categories, but has always come home empty-handed. So a win here would not only honor her role in The Wife, but would also act as something of a lifetime achievement award.

Glenn Close has solid momentum this year too. She won Best Actress in a Drama at the Golden Globes and her peers honored her with the win for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role at the SAG awards. The BAFTA went to Olivia Colman for The Favourite. So Glenn Close very well could win, but there are no guarantees and she’s taking the smart approach right now by not flipping out about it.

Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for all your Oscar night coverage and check out our 2019 release schedule for the biggest movies heading to theaters this year.

No, The Avatar Sequels Haven’t Wrapped Filming

It’s been close to a decade since James Cameron’s Avatar hit theaters, shattered box office records and got people talking about the continuation of the franchise. With the second and third Avatar sequels set to be released in 2020 and 2021, the filmmaker has been hard at work on getting them ready for audiences. While a few months ago Cameron himself announced the principal cast finally wrapped filming, apparently, there’s still a lot of work to be done. Here’s what he said:

Whoops! While his own words seemed to indicate Avatar 2 & 3 had finished up principal photography, it looks like James Cameron was only talking about the motion capture portion of the films. Per his recent interview with The Empire Film Podcast, there is still about five months’ worth of action sequences to get cracking on.

Considering Avatar 2 still has almost two years to go before it comes to theaters, it’s not surprising there’s still some work to be done on the big-budget visual spectacle. Since the two sequels are being filmed back-to-back to ensure Avatar 3 can be released one year after Avatar 2, the production work needed is double.

The action sequences will reportedly start filming in April, putting the expected official wrap in August or September and leaving almost another year for post-production to get going.

The upcoming sequels are said to be standalone films, with their own encompassing adventure that doesn’t demand audiences to see the movie prior and will each wrap up by the end. While James Cameron originally envisioned the Avatar movies to be a trilogy, he has four sequels planned total.

Avatar 4 and 5 have not yet be greenlit (probably to see how moviegoers like the other Avatar movies first), though James Cameron has the scripts ready and are planned to be released in 2024 and 2025.

There hasn’t been much disclosed about what’s in store for Avatar, but we do know the film’s will center on Sam Worthington as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri as they build a family. Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Giovanni Ribisi are returning along with Kate Winslet and Edie Falco joining the franchise.

The titles Avatar: The Way of Water, Avatar: The Seed Bearer, Avatar: The Tulkun Rider and Avatar: The Quest for Eywa are reportedly under consideration, though official names have not been given to the action flicks. The first Avatar sequel comes to theaters on December 18, 2020.

Chris Hemsworth Will Play Hulk Hogan In A Biopic By Todd Phillips

A decade ago, Chris Hemsworth was a relatively unknown actor in the United States, but a lot can change in 10 years. Best known for playing Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he’s also made a name for himself with movies like Ghostbusters, 12 Strong and Bad Times at the El Royale. Now Hemsworth is jumping into the biopic realm, as he’s been tapped to play wresting icon Hulk Hogan under the direction of Joker’s Todd Phillips.

Director Todd Phillips is reuniting with writer Scott Silver for a Hulk Hogan biopic. Rather than try to cover Hogan’s whole life, the movie will focus on his rise in the wrestling world and is described by THR as “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.” It is not expected to delve into the more recent events in his life, such as the sex tape scandal that resulted in a lawsuit being filed against the now-defunct Gawker. Hogan, born Terry Gene Bollea, will act as a consultant on the movie and be an executive producer.

How Office Space Coined The Term Ass Clown

One of the running jokes in Mike Judge’s Office Space, which just celebrated its 20th anniversary (how great was 1999?), is that David Herman’s character shares a name with pop rock singer Michael Bolton. The character loathes his more famous namesake, calling him an ‘ass clown’. It’s a hilarious thing to call someone and the story of how Office Space coined the term is actually pretty funny. As stars Ajay Naidu and David Herman tell it:

Although much of Office Space’s hilarity came from the pages of Mike Judge’s script, there was some improvisation as well and the ‘ass clown’ instance was one where that improvisation became necessary. The line as originally written, when Samir (Ajay Naidu) and Michael (David Herman) are discussing the latter’s name, was that the singer Michael Bolton was a ‘no-singing asshole.’

That line could have been interpreted as implying that Michael Bolton didn’t actually sing his songs. For a man famous for singing, that would be quite the accusation. So rather than open the film up to claims of defamation or libel, the line needed to be changed. David Herman had to improvise on the fly right on set right before action was called for the scene, as he told The Ringer.

Necessity is the mother of invention and not being a devout Michael Bolton fan, David Herman was able to come up with something and thus ‘ass clown’ was born. You can check out the scene as it appears in Office Space in the video below:

Despite the taboo nature of the original line and its potential legal implications, ‘no-singing asshole’ is nowhere near as funny as ‘no-talent ass clown.’ Ass clown is way more original and silly and perfect for a singer who, at the time, seemed to take himself very seriously. For the record, Michael Bolton the singer has a great sense of humor about it now.

The term ass clown is now part of the lexicon and a hilarious insult whenever you hear it. Actor Ajay Naidu, who played Samir Nagheenanajar in Office Space, even got to use David Herman’s Michael Bolton insult when he was in Bad Santa. Check it out:

What a cinematic legacy! This is just an example of the strange alchemy that ultimately resulted in Office Space becoming the cult classic it is today. Mike Judge’s film may have only made $10.8 million at the box office, but it’s impact and cultural penetration is far more than that meager sum would indicate.

Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to see the biggest movies you can look forward to this year. For all your movie news and the latest on the cinematic etymology of insults, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

New Captain Marvel Video Connects Her To Marvel’s Biggest Avengers

Captain Marvel may be set years before Tony Stark changed the world in Iron Man, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be all alone on an island for the project. There’s quite a few familiar faces in the upcoming blockbuster. Her return to Earth will put Carol Danvers in direct contact with a younger (and two eyed) version of Nick Fury, as well as Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. favorite Phil Coulson. The origin of Fury’s eye injury and the Infinity War beeper should be explained, as well as the adventure that put he and Coulson on their path to assembling The Avengers.

But Captain Marvel isn’t merely set on Earth, as the project will also focus on the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Guardians of the Galaxy characters Ronan and Korath will appear as well, allowing for their stories to be expanded in a way that even James Gunn wasn’t able to do in the first Guardians flick. So while Carol Danvers is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe just before Phase Three concludes, her origin story will be deeply connected to the long standing franchise. 

It should also be interesting to see exactly how Captain Marvel sets up her crossover in Avengers: Endgame. Aside from handing Nick Fury the pager that he’d eventually use during Infinity War‘s final moments, the rabid fanbase will expect at least a taste of her eventual appearance alongside the surviving Avengers and Guardians. The most obvious opportunity for this would be through the film’s credits scene, therefore allowing the blockbuster to stand on its own two feet. Still, the MCU is known for keeping moviegoers on their toes, so it seems like just about anything is possible.

Once Captain Marvel finally arrives in theaters, perhaps we’ll also get a glimpse of her eventual appearance in Avengers: Endgame. The first two brief Endgame trailers didn’t feature any shots of Carol Danvers, likely because audience don’t have the emotional connection to Brie Larson’s MCU hero just yet. In fact, there are some cinephiles who think that a character was cut out of the footage from Endgame‘s Super Bowl trailer, as there are noticeable gaps in the quick shots of the upcoming blockbuster. While the Russo Brothers could have just about anything up their sleeves, the final month before Phase Three ends will likely focus on the inclusion of Captain Marvel, and the strength and hope she’ll likely give the survivors of Thanos’ snap.

Avengers: Endgame is also believed to be heavily focused on time travel, as photos from the set revealed the Battle of New York from the first Avengers will be a focus in the upcoming blockbuster. While some Marvel fans believe Scott Lang and the Quantum Realm are the key to traveling through time, Samuel L. Jackson has also teased Carol Danver’s time traveling abilities while doing press ahead of Captain Marvel‘s release.

The Matrix Turns 20: Here’s What The Cast Looks Like Now

Next month marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1999 action sci-fi film The Matrix. Two decades after its release in one of the best years for movies ever, The Matrix still holds up and it is plain to see how much it has influenced the movies that followed it in the new millennium. Despite a pair of sequels that couldn’t live up to the original (an arguably impossible task) The Matrix remains a seminal film of the 90s, the sci-fi genre, and cinema as a whole.

The success of The Matrix and its lasting impact are due as much to the film’s cast as they are to its groundbreaking special effects and mind-bending cyberpunk story. Twenty years is a long time and, while not all of the cast members of that beloved film have become blockbuster mainstays, many of them can still be seen today on screens big and small.

So let’s catch up with the crew of the Nebuchadnezzar and one particularly nasty program to see the cast of The Matrix then and now. Take a look.

Keanu Reeves (Neo)

If you don’t know what Keanu Reeves has been up to in the twenty years since he got the role Will Smith turned down in The Matrix, your name must be Rip Van Winkle. Already an action star thanks to Speed and Point Break, Keanu Reeves has remained a constant presence on the big screen to this day.

After The Matrix and its sequels, Keanu Reeves remained an actor known for action and science fiction with roles in films like Constantine, A Scanner Darkly, The Day the Earth Stood Still and 47 Ronin. Keanu Reeves also achieved an incredible feat, starring in another popular action trilogy, the John Wick series, the third film of which releases later this year.

Keanu Reeves has also continued his career as a leading man in romance movies and rom-coms in films like Sweet November in 2001, The Lake House in 2006 and Destination Wedding in 2018. In 2019, besides his return as John Wick, Keanu Reeves also joins Toy Story 4 in an unspecified role. Beyond that, there is a fan hope he will one day show up in the MCU as well as the always-lingering possibility of Bill & Ted 3.

Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity)

Carrie-Anne Moss was primarily a TV actress prior to 1999, but her role as Trinity in The Matrix took her career to the next level and in the two decades since she has been a presence on both film and television. She has even lent her voice to the popular Mass Effect series of video games.

Carrie-Anne Moss showed up in Christopher Nolan’s 2000 breakout Memento. She also had roles in a wide range of films like Chocolat, The Chumscrubber and Disturbia. In more recent years, Carrie-Anne Moss has been in the swords-and-sandals flick Pompeii as well as the based-on-a-true-story drama Brain on Fire.

Like a few of her Matrix co-stars, Carrie-Anne Moss has also found herself in the realm of superheroes with her role as Jeri Hogarth on Netflix’s recently cancelled Marvel series, primarily Jessica Jones, which will air its final season later this year. Next up for Carrie-Anne Moss is the Norwegian limited series crime drama Wisting.

Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus)

Laurence Fishburne had a long a career prior to his role as the enigmatic Morpheus in The Matrix and in the two decades since he gave us a choice between red and blue pills, the actor has been cast in a diverse array of projects across film and television.

In just the twenty years since The Matrix blew people’s minds, Laurence Fishburne has worked with a who’s who of Hollywood directors including Clint Eastwood, J.J. Abrams, Steven Soderbergh and Richard Linklater in Mystic River, Mission: Impossible III, Contagion and Last Flag Flying respectively. He has also remained a genre favorite, showing up in both the DC and Marvel comic book movie universes, in the former as Perry White in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in the latter just last year as Bill Foster in Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Laurence Fishburne has also had long stints on TV in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Hannibal and black-ish. The man they call Morpheus has a big 2019 lined up for him too. He will again work with Richard Linklater in Where’d You Go, Bernadette and he reunites with Keanu Reeves for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.

Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith)

Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith was a truly diabolical entity with utter contempt for the human race. He wound up becoming the primary antagonist throughout The Matrix trilogy and the fact that it still might not be his best-known role says a lot about the career Hugo Weaving has had. There are few, if any, actors known more for their memorable roles in genre films than Hugo Weaving, who has played both detestable villains and heroic freedom fighters.

After the original Matrix, Hugo Weaving appeared as Elrond in The Lord of the Rings trilogy and went on to reprise that role in The Hobbit films. Hugo Weaving voiced Megatron in the Transformers franchise, played V in V for Vendetta and was Red Skull in Captain America: The First Avenger. He also reunited with the Wachowskis for Cloud Atlas. Most recently, Hugo Weaving starred as the villainous Valentine in Mortal Engines.

His talents aren’t strictly for science fiction and fantasy fare either. The prolific actor also starred in The Dressmaker in 2015 and in Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge in 2017. Hugo Weaving has shown up on the small screen too, just last year opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the miniseries Patrick Melrose.

Joe Pantoliano (Cypher)

In The Matrix, Joe Pantoliano played the weasely Cypher who betrayed his friends and crewmates to Agent Smith, desiring to return to the blissful ignorance of the Matrix to be “someone important, like an actor.” That didn’t work out for Cypher but Joe Pantoliano has certainly had a prolific career as an actor since 1999.

Some of the highlights of Joe Pantoliano’s post-Matrix career, which includes parts in both film and television are Memento in 2000, along with his Matrix co-star Carrie-Anne Moss, and his role as Ralph Cifaretto on HBO’s The Sopranos. Joe Pantoliano also reunited with his Matrix directors the Wachowskis for a role in the Netflix series Sense8. On the horizon, Joe Pantoliano is reprising his role as Captain Howard for the action-comedy threequel Bad Boys for Life.

Matt Doran (Mouse)

In The Matrix, actor Matt Doran played the heroic and hilarious Mouse, designer of the woman in the red dress and philosopher about machine taste buds. After The Matrix, Matt Doran had a small role in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as death stick dealer hilariously named Elan Sleazebaggano on Coruscant.

In 2013 Matt Doran starred with Dolph Lundgren in Battle of the Damned and he also had a role in 2017’s Ashley Judd film Trafficked. His next onscreen appearances will be opposite VikingsTravis Fimmel in Danger Close and in the thriller Intersection.

Belinda McClory (Switch)

Belinda McClory’s Switch stood out from the rest of the Nebuchadnezzar crew who had dark hair and donned all black with her bleached blond locks and all white attire. Her “Not Like This” death is now immortalized in memes and the actress herself has racked up plenty of film and television credits in the twenty years since that blockbuster.

The Australian actress starred with Ben Mendelsohn in the comedy-drama Mullet in 2001 and opposite Joel Edgertonin 2008’s Acolytes. Belinda McClory also starred in four seasons of the Australian television series The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which U.S. audiences can find on Netflix. She next returns to the sci-fi genre for The Wheel, which is scheduled for release this year.

Julian Arahanga (Apoc)

Julian Arahanga’s Apoc was probably the member of the Nebuchadnezzar crew that got the least to do in The Matrix, mostly standing in the background as a quiet badass and lamenting the “bowl of snot” they were forced to eat. Julian Arahanga hasn’t done much acting since The Matrix with his most notable roles coming in his father’s film Fracture in 2004 and The Ferryman in 2007, in addition to several short film appearances.

Julian Arahanga has mostly moved behind the camera through his AWA Films company in his native New Zealand. He has directed 21 episodes of his documentary series Songs from the Inside about musicians teaching inmates songwriting, as well as the doc Beyond the Battalion. Next up he executive produces his wife Becs Arahanga’s short Hinekura.

Marcus Chong (Tank)

Marcus Chong played Tank, a homegrown child of Zion in The Matrix. Tank was the ship’s operator who first helped Neo to learn Kung Fu. Despite his character surviving the first film, he did not return for the sequels and was replaced by Harold Perrineau’s Link.

In the time since The Matrix, Marcus Chong has mostly had one-off roles on TV series like Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Numb3rs and Burn Notice. He also starred opposite Tara Reid, Danny Trejo and David Boreanaz in The Crow: Wicked Prayer. Marcus Chong’s most recent film credits are a pair of short films in 2013.

Anthony Ray Parker (Dozer)

Like his brother Tank, Dozer was born in Zion, not grown. The pilot appeared to be a warm comforting presence on the Nebuchadnezzar brought to life through actor Anthony Ray Parker’s performance. Cypher’s betrayal and murder of Dozer meant that Anthony Ray Parker didn’t show up in The Matrix Reloaded or The Matrix Revolutions, but his career continued outside of the Matrix.

Anthony Ray Parker has lent his voice to multiple Power Rangers series and has also appeared on TV in the series The Resolve and Starz’s ambitious and underrated Spartacus. On the movie front, Anthony Ray Parker had a role in John Cena’s feature film debut The Marine in 2006. More recently, he was in the fantasy thriller Muse in 2017 and opposite Eric Roberts in 2018’s Lone Star Deception. Next up he’s got the horror film Hoax and the sci-fi flick Ara.

It’s been twenty years but many of the stars of The Matrix are still kicking ass and entertaining audiences on TV and in the theater, long after they taught us that there is no spoon. As the science fiction classic celebrates its twentieth anniversary, the cast should look back with pride, knowing that they were a part of a film that stands an important moment in cinematic history.

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