Before Keanu Reeves got the lead role in the film, the producers were looking at Sandra Bullock for the role.
'The Matrix' is considered to be one of the classic films that blew everyone's minds away. The film had an amazing altered reality theme that impressed the audience as well as the critics.
Before Keanu Reeves got the lead role in the film, the producers of the film were looking at Sandra Bullock for the role, as reported by The Wrap. The producer of the film, Lorenzo di Bonaventura said that Bullock was supposed to star next to Reeves just a few years earlier in 1994’s “Speed".
“We went out to so many people I don’t remember. We were getting desperate,” di Bonaventura said. “We went to Sandy Bullock and said ‘We’ll change Neo to a girl.’ [Producer] Joel Silver and I worked with Sandy on ‘Demolition Man’ and she was and continues to be a very good friend of mine. It was pretty simple. We sent her the script to see if she was interested in it. And if she was interested in it we would try to make the change.”
“It just wasn’t something for her at the time. So really it didn’t go anywhere, " he added. Bullock spoke to Today about the roles she didn't take and regretted, and Matrix was one of them.
"There haven't been any roles that I wanted that I didn't get, but there was a movie I wish I had done: The Matrix. At the time [I was approached about it], it wasn't cast with Keanu [Reeves], and I didn't see myself with the person they wanted [in it]. Later I saw the movie and loved it. It was sexy and great because of Carrie-Anne [Moss] and Keanu," she said.
A year after “The Matrix” was released, Bullock starred in the Warner Bros. comedy “Miss Congeniality,” which grossed $212.7 million worldwide and earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best actress in a comedy. This means that everything just fell into the right place for the Oscar-winning actress.