The former brothers who were the driving force behind the “Matrix” feature franchise are now sisters, after the second of the Wachowskis came out Tuesday as a transgender woman, Reuters reports.
“Lilly Wachowski, 48, said in a statement in Chicago’s Windy City Times that she decided to make her gender reassignment public after a journalist from Britain’s Daily Mail asked her for an interview to tell her story,” Reuters reports. The announcement by Lilly Wachowski, formerly known as Andy, follows a similar 2012 announcement by her sister Lana, 50, formerly known as Larry.
The Wachowskis wrote and directed the acclaimed 1999 film “The Matrix” along with its sequels “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” (both 2003 releases). They have been known professionally as the Wachowski Brothers in the past, and are now going by the Wachowskis.
The Wachowskis have also been behind “Bound” (1996), “V for Vendetta” (2006), “Cloud Atlas” (2012) and “Jupiter Ascending” (2015), among other film projects. Their TV series “Sense8” debuted last year on Netflix and has been renewed for a second season.
In Tuesday’s statement, Lilly Wachowski wrote: “I knew at some point I would have to come out publicly. You know, when you’re living as an out transgender person it’s … kind of difficult to hide. I just wanted — needed some time to get my head right, to feel comfortable. But apparently I don’t get to decide this.”