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Trans Heartthrob Leo Sheng Is in 'The Matrix Resurrections,' Too

Trans Heartthrob Leo Sheng Is in 'The Matrix Resurrections,' Too

Trans Heartthrob Leo Sheng Is in 'The Matrix Resurrections,' Too

The Generation Q actor talks keeping his role under wraps.

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The Matrix Resurrections is finally here, and along with it, a fantastic surprise — Leo Sheng.

Sheng, a trans actor who is having his breakout moment starring in the first two seasons of The L Word: Generation Q, tweeted about his unexpected role earlier this week.

“This happened last night,” he wrote, sharing photos from the premiere. “One of the hardest secrets I’ve ever had to keep.”

He went on to explain that his first audition after the first season of Generation Q came to a close was for a project with a code name: Project Ice Cream.

“It didn’t take too long to realize what it was for,” he added.

Since initially creating The Matrix, both Lana and Lilly Wachowski, who served as co-writers and co-directors on the original trilogy, have come out as trans women.

Both have gone on to work on shows and films that explicitly deal with LGBTQ+ characters, and specifically trans characters, but the idea of The Matrixbeing a trans allegory has long been upheld by fans.

Additionally, a character from the original films, Switch, was initially intended to be trans — Switch was supposed to be a man in the real world and a woman in the Matrix itself. But studio executives reportedly shot down that idea.

As Lana took the helm of the latest installment of the resurrected Matrix franchise, having at least some overt trans representation on screen as well only makes sense.

And Sheng was clearly more than thrilled to be included.

“Absolutely blown away by the love & support shared,” he wrote on Instagram. “This was an incredible experience & I’m so grateful for it.”

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.