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See 'The Matrix' Cast 20 Years After They Popped the Red Pill


The Matrix was one of the most groundbreaking films of all time. Not only did it make big philosophical concepts graspable in an action movie setting and give us a glimpse at what the internet would look like in cinema — not only did it turn fighting scenes into masterful pieces of art and bring the digital technique of "bullet time" into the mainstream — it's also a film that holds up brilliantly today.

The movie follows a computer programmer who is faced at the onset with a difficult decision: swallow a blue pill to remain a cog in the world he believed to be real, or take the red pill and confront the reality of the matrix, a big digital simulation, to understand his place in it.

Although 2019 is vastly different from 1999, when The Matrix was initially released, the Wachowskis' film has aged formidably. We've seen the film more than a handful of times, but each viewing somehow feels like the very first and always leaves us with different takeaways. 

So, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this masterpiece, let's take a look at where the cast who made the movie possible is today.

1. Keanu Reeves (Neo, born Thomas A. Anderson)

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Although we recently learned that Sandra Bullock, Brad Pitt, Will Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio all passed on playing Neo, we truly can't imagine anyone else as The One. 

Keanu Reeves already had an established acting career before taking on the role of Thomas A. Anderson, AKA Neo, and got his start with Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, My Own Private Idaho, and the unforgettable Speed.

But ever since The Matrix vaulted him to stardom, he's flexed his acting chops by taking on roles spanning action and rom coms, including The Replacements, A Scanner Darkly, Something's Gotta Give and John Wick.

Expect to also hear Keanu lend his voice in the upcoming Toy Story film in the role of new toy Duke Caboom.