A return to the matrix is fast approaching. It was confirmed in August 2021 that the fourth film is officially called Matrix Resurections (as a previous leak had claimed), with the first trailer arriving on September 9.
The Matrix 4 was officially announced in August 2019 with Lana Wachowski writing and directing the new film. Lilly Wachowski did not return because she felt that she needed a break and thought the idea of returning to the franchise was “expressly unattractive”.
keanu reeves and carrie-anne moss are back, but laurence fishburne and hugo weaving probably won’t be for reasons we’ll see in a bit. so without further delay, here’s everything you need to know about matrix resurrections.
the matrix 4 trailer: watch the matrix resurrections trailer here
The first trailer was shown at cinemacon on August 24th and released online for everyone else to enjoy on September 9th.
If you missed it above, you can watch it again below and we’ve delved into the various mysteries of the trailer here for you. We can’t say we have all (or some) of the answers, but we’ve tried.
the cast of matrix 4: who is in the resurrections of the matrix?
as we mentioned, keanu reeves and carrie-anne moss are back as neo and trinity, even though both characters are dead at the end of matrix revolutions. Reeves explained his decision to return, saying, “Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me. That’s the only reason to do it.”
They will be joined by Daniel Bernhardt, who reprises his role as Agent Johnson, and Jada Pinkett Smith returns as Niobe, whom she played in Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions. Lambert Wilson also returns as the Merovingian, but Monica Bellucci’s Persephone, the Merovingian’s wife, has not appeared in any trailers or stills from the film.
an exciting new addition to the cast is aquaman and watchmen starring yahya abdul-mateen ii, as an ‘alternate version’ of morpheus.
Laurence Fishburne, the original Morpheus, revealed that he “hadn’t been invited” to be in the fourth film. He later admitted that he had no idea why he hadn’t come back: “You’d have to ask Lana Wachowski why, because I don’t have an answer for that.”
neil patrick harris (how i met your mother) has joined the cast for a major role and has already praised the film’s intimate atmosphere, while marvel and game of thrones star jessica henwick plays the critters very important.
mindhunter and frozen star jonathan groff joined the cast as smith alongside priyanka chopra jonas as sati (originally played by tanveer katwal in matrix revolutions), spartacus star ellen hollman and izombie actor andrew caldwell.
There will also be some faces familiar to Sense8 fans, including Brian J Smith as Berg, Toby Onwumere as Sequoia, and Erendira Ibarra as Lexy. In June 2021 (after filming wrapped) it was revealed that the film will also star Christina Ricci.
Another star not returning from the original trilogy is Hugo Weaving, with the actor confirming in January 2020 that they’re “moving on without me.” Also absent is Gina Torres, who said that she is not “bitter” for not appearing as a cas in the fourth film, although she pointed out that there are people in the cast who “died” in the trilogy.
“and the people who aren’t didn’t [died],” he continued. “So that’s all I have to say on that. I’m really curious about where they’re going with this. And what’s their starting point and what story do they want because it felt like they told it.”
the matrix 4 release date: when will the matrix revivals be released?
matrix 4 was first scheduled for release on May 21, 2021 in the UK and US. USA, before it was postponed due to filming delays to April 1, 2022. It was postponed to the end of December before moving again.
The firm and final release date is December 22, 2021.
all warner bros 2021 movies will be released on hbo max and in theaters simultaneously in the united states, which means subscribers of the streaming service in the united states will be able to see the return of neo on 22 December, 2021 also.
will be available on hbo max for one month from its theatrical release date. The international release of the film is not affected as HBO Max is currently only available in the United States.
The movie was originally going to come out on the same release date as reeves’ john wick 4, though now the two movies are separate and john wick 4 is set to be released on may 21, 2022 (but fans are still holding their ground in that neo and wick are somehow connected).
(Of course, they are not.)
the plot of the matrix 4: what will the resurrections of the matrix be about?
The official synopsis is as vague as you’d expect, teasing a return to the matrix for neo. what we know is taken from the trailer.
Twenty years after the Matrix Revolutions, Neo leads a normal life under his original identity, Thomas Anderson, and takes blue pills to counteract the “hallucinations” he has.
But life gets stranger when he meets a woman he vaguely recognizes (it’s a trinity!), but neither remembers the other. He soon meets Morpheus, who offers him a red pill to allow him to see the matrix once more. he joins a group of rebels, including bugs (we think!), to fight a new enemy.
According to star yahya madul-abteen ii, the film is “so relevant” and “touches on issues that people should be talking about in 2020, 2021, 2022.” Reeves teased that the film has a “beautiful script that’s a love story,” adding, “it’s another version of a wake-up call kind of thing. it’s entertaining…it’s got great action. it’ll all be revealed.” “
As you would expect from a matrix movie, we can expect game-changing special effects. “Lana is doing really cool stuff on a technical level in the same way that you know, she created a style back then,” enthused Henwick.
“I think he will change the industry again with this film.”
the matrix 4 opens December 22 in theaters and will also be available to watch on hbo max in the united states beginning of the same date.