Writer – directors Larry and Andy Wachowski began principal photography March 26 in Oakland, Calif., with much of the original cast intact. That means Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Hugo Weaving will all be back, dodging bullets in slo-mo. Joining the original cast are Jada Pinkett Smith and singer/ actress Aaliyah, both of whom have reportedly signed on for the as yet untitled third ”Matrix” film.
Shooting of the top secret ”Reloaded” will continue in Oakland through June, before taking a summer hiatus (perhaps reinforced by a possible actors’ strike), during which the Wachowskis will concentrate on editing and special effects. The cast and crew will then reassemble this September at Fox Studios in Sydney, Australia, to complete filming.