LILLY WACHOWSKI and LANA WACHOWSKI
Lilly Wachowski (formerly Andrew Paul "Andy" Wachowski, born December 29, 1967) and Lana
Wachowski (formerly Laurence "Larry" Wachowski, born June 21, 1965) are American film directors,
screenwriters, and producers. They are siblings, and are both trans women. Collectively known as the
Wachowskis (/wəˈtʃaʊski/) and formerly as the Wachowski Brothers, the pair made their directing
debut in 1996 with Bound, and achieved fame with their second film The Matrix (1999), a major box
office success for which they won the Saturn Award for Best Director. They wrote and directed its two
sequels: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003), and were deeply involved in
the writing and production of other works in that franchise.
Following the commercial success of The Matrix series, they wrote and produced the 2006 film V for
Vendetta (an adaptation of the comic of the same name by Alan Moore), and in 2008 released the film
Speed Racer, which was a live-action adaptation of the Japanese anime series of the same name.
Their next film, Cloud Atlas, based on the novel of the same name by David Mitchell and co-written and
co-directed by Tom Tykwer, was released in 2012. Their film Jupiter Ascending and the Netflix series
Sense8, which they co-created with J. Michael Straczynski, both debuted in 2015. Sense8 was
canceled after two seasons in June 2017, but later that month, it was announced that thanks to strong
support from the fans, it would return with a two-hour series finale in 2018.
The siblings have worked as a writing and directing team through most of their professional film
careers, until the second season of Sense8. At this point Lilly took an active break from writing and
directing, with Lana continuing the TV series solo, which has marked the first time that the siblings
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