Lilly Wachowski on how ‘The Matrix’ was inspired by rage, oppression before transition

“The Matrix” trilogy is beloved for its’ many layers and it turns out that the dystopian film series has even more subtext.

“‘The Matrix’ was born out of a lot of anger and a lot of rage,” co-writer and co-director Lilly Wachowski recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “And it’s rage at capitalism and corporatized structure and forms of oppression.

Wachowski, who was was previously known as Andy before transitioning, explained that the “bubbling, seething rage within me was about my own oppression, that I (was forcing) myself to remain in the closet.”

Wachowski, 52, now realizes the impact her films have had on the trans community.

“Now that I’m out and a living example of someone who can grow old being a trans woman, [trans people] can see those films through the lens of my transness and their transness,” she said. “They’re able to go, ‘Oh my God, these films were such an important part of my coming out and my own journey.’ I’m extraordinarily grateful that I could offer that to people.”

Wachowski came out as a transgender woman in 2016. Her “Matrix” co-writer and sibling, Lana, who was formerly known as Larry, transitioned in 2008.

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