'Matrix' star will co-produce with 'Independence Day' director Roland Emmerich

Keanu Reeves will star in the forthcoming virtual reality TV series New Angeles.

The star of The Matrix and Richard Linklater’s A Scanner Darkly will co-produce the show with Independence Day director Roland Emmerich.

Deadline reports the series will be set in the future and focus on a man who escapes the drudgery of everyday life by entering a virtual reality world called New Angeles.

When he takes a trip “down the rabbit hole” he fulfills his destiny taking on a new identity as the man he was always meant to be. But by going through the portal he will be “unlocking the keys to a mystery that has real-world consequences for him and his family”.

Comic-book writer Gregg Hurwitz has been commissioned to write New Angeles. “Gregg is an incredibly imaginative writer, and I’m looking forward to bringing his ideas for the show to life,” said Emmerich. “It’s exciting to get the opportunity bring a massive project like this to the small screen within a rapidly changing television space.”

Keanu Reeves will be seen next on the big screen alongside Willem Dafoe in the action thriller John Wick.

Emmerich also directed the blockbusters White House Down and The Day After Tomorrow. He is currently working on a pair of Independence Day sequels under the banner ID Forever. The first is scheduled for release in 2016.