Famed director of the “Matrix” films Lana Wachowski (formerly Larry Wachowski) had reason to celebrate this past week. She revealed the trailer for an ambitious movie project, “Cloud Atlas” due to be released in theaters this fall, along with her two other co-directors, Andy Wachowski and Tom Twyker. She also revealed her new gender identity after many years of “quietly transitioning,” according to Movie Talk.
The directors of “Cloud Atlas” released a short video in which all three explain a little bit about how and why the film was imagined, funded and will be marketed. They finish each other’s sentences, and a smiling Lana, sporting pink hair and an upbeat, laugh-filled energy during the short promo video, sits between Andy Wachowski and “Run, Lola, Run” director Tom Twkyer. The two Wachowskis were long-called the Wachowski brothers, although Lana had been transitioning out of her identity as Larry for many years.
A nearly six-minute trailer was one way the directors of the sprawling, genre-bending, time-traveling film hoped to entice an audience to see the film.
Lana Wachowski is most famous for her work on the “Matrix” films but “Cloud Atlas” will be the first film in which she will be credited with her new name. In the directors’ introduction video, Lana looks vibrant and happy. Yahoo! Movie Talk says this about Lana Wachowski’s transformation:
Rumors around Lana Wachowski’s sexuality and gender identity have been swirling for nearly a decade. According to reports, she has undergone gender reassignment surgery and has identified herself as “Lana” — in varying frequency — for quite some time.
Lana is the first famous film director to publicly change genders but she is joined by Laura Jane Grace (formerly Tom Gable) from the punk protest band, Against Me! Grace gave an interview to Rolling Stone in May in which she described the process of finding her identity and embracing it. Both Lana and Laura Jane Grace have served as icons of creative inclusion and transgender awareness, whether they planned it that way or not.