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posted Friday, August 3 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 31
Matrix director comes out as Transgender
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Matrix director comes out as Transgender

Lana Wachowski reveals transition in video for upcoming film by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

The filmmaker formerly known as Larry Wachowski made her transition known to the world last week.

Often credited alongside her brother, Andy, as 'the Wachowski brothers,' Lana Wachowski is the first major Hollywood director to come out as Transgender. She and Andy are best known for directing, writing, and producing the Matrix trilogy and for writing and producing V for Vendetta.

Wachowski made her public debut as Lana in an official director's commentary video for the upcoming film Cloud Atlas, which she co-wrote, produced, and directed with Andy and German filmmaker Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run, The Princess and the Warrior). Interestingly, Lana's hair in the Cloud Atlas video is quite similar to Lola's in the Tykwer film.

In the video, the three directors lightheartedly discuss the creative process behind the new movie as well as the difficulty they had pitching it to moguls. According to the three, Cloud Atlas, which is officially tagged as a 'science-fiction fantasy drama,' is a cross-genre - a somewhat complicated film that utilizes most of the cast in multiple roles.

The film also has multiple story lines. According to the official synopsis, Cloud Atlas is 'an epic story of humankind in which the actions and consequences of our lives impact one another throughout the past, present, and future as one soul is shaped from a murderer into a savior and a single act of kindness ripples out for centuries to inspire a revolution.'

Rumors that Lana was transitioning date back to the early '00s, when she and Andy were working on the Matrix trilogy. However, neither she nor her brother ever addressed the subject publicly until now.

Lana had been seen cross-dressing in public after divorcing her wife in 2002. According to Rotten Tomatoes, a film news and review website, she completed her transition after directing Speed Racer in 2008 with Andy.

Cloud Atlas, scheduled for release on October 26, stars Tom Hanks and Halle Berry, and features Susan Sarandon and Hugh Grant. The screenplay, by the Wachowskis and Tykwer, is based on the novel of the same name by British author David Mitchell.

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