The Matrix Resurrections brought the sci-fi franchise back to screens after nearly two decades, with Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss and others returning to the series to reprise their roles. Among those actors is Jada Pinkett Smith, who joined the franchise in The Matrix Reloaded, appeared in the sequel The Matrix Revolutions, and again plays Niobe in The Matrix Resurrections. However, her latest appearance is drastically different from her previous outing as Niobe is 60, and in a new video the actress revealed the incredible 5‑hour transformation she went through to get her look for the sequel.
It is well known that many actors have to endure long and tedious makeup processes when appearing in films that use the proven CGI Practical Effects on Aging and Aging technique. With some of the actors appearing in fantasy epics like The Lord of the Rings having to endure hours of daily grind to get into character, the time-lapse video shared by Pinkett Smith just gives a hint of what that entails. She commented on the video: “Jada’s 5 hour transformation into the one and only Niobe in Matrix Resurrections.”
Niobe’s character was introduced in The Matrix Reloaded as a human from Zion, who is one of the rebels battling the Matrix and captain of the Logos, the smallest ship in the human fleet. Within the Matrix, Niobe is a martial arts expert and has eliminated more than one agent, and has survived multiple fights with numerous virtual world assassins, including the entity called Agent Smith. In addition to appearing in previous films, the character was the protagonist of the Enter The Matrix video game and appeared in The Matrix Online, voiced by Gina Torres, who actually appeared as Cas in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. .
While directing The Matrix Resurrections, Jada Pinkett Smith helped franchise newcomer Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was worried about returning to a filming environment for her role in the film. Speaking in a previous interview, Chopra Jonas explained:
“It was the first time I toured after our lockdown and it was in Berlin. I was flying from Los Angeles to Berlin and after going nowhere for six months, it was terrifying. And because of it. of our job, we’re the only people on set who have to take our masks off. I have asthma, my husband [Nick Jonas] has type 1 diabetes, it was so terrifying. I remember crying and Jada was in the fly with me Chief She held my hand and said, “We’re gonna do this together.” She’s a boss, I love her. ”
Given the mixed reaction to the previous two installments of The Matrix, it’s no surprise that the complex addition has also divided fans, with audience and review scores on Rotten Tomatoes hovering between 64% and 66% due to its intricate plot linked to the many different mediums in which the film series has developed over the years. The Matrix Resurrections is currently playing in theaters and on HBO Max.