The Matrix Resurrections Star Jessica Henwick Turned Down Shang-Chi Role For The Sequel

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Game of Thrones and Iron Fist star Jessica Henwick recently confirmed that she previously had auditions for both The Matrix Resurrections and Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, though she was told she had to choose one audition over the other, ultimately getting the role in The Matrix sequel. She told Entertainment Weekly that although neither part was guaranteed, the decision about which project to pursue felt like a moment taken straight from the original The Matrix.

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"It was a red-pill/blue-pill moment for me," Henwick said to the outlet in regards to deciding which project to audition for, but she didn't reveal which role for Shang-Chi she would be auditioning for.

While The Matrix Resurrections features the return of original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, Henwick is one of the newcomers to the sci-fi franchise, noting that her character Bugs feels like "the audience's eyes" on the latest sequel.Henwick said that the sequel will offer "a new tone" and "new look" for the franchise, which even feels "joyous."

The film's description reads: "From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes The Matrix Resurrections, the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre. The new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity."

The Matrix Resurrections also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Jonathan Groff (Hamilton), Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Christina Ricci (Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story), Telma Hopkins (Dead to Me), Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), Toby Onwumere (Empire), Max Riemelt (Sense8), Brian J. Smith (Sense8), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Angel Has Fallen).

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The Matrix Resurrections is set to release in theaters and HBO Max on December 22. For more information about this movie, check out everything we know about The Matrix Resurrections so far.