With Keanu Reeves in his current cultural renaissance and a unanimous craving for anything that’s not produced by media titans Disney, Warner Brothers are heading full-steam down the rabbit hole of The Matrix universe. The fourth film in the popular science fiction franchise is one of 2021s most highly anticipated releases and has recently received a new title and exclusive trailer.
Announced during the Warner Bros presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, the fourth film has been given the name The Matrix: Resurrections, continuing in the series’ religious undertones.
Though the trailer has not yet been released online, Deadline, who were present at the event, reported that the trailer begins with Neo (Keanu Reeves) in the regular world of normality, with his memory of the previous Matrix films feeling like a mere dream. Meeting during a chance encounter at a cafe, Neo and Trinity (Carrie Ann Moss) don’t seem to recognise each other at all.
Reports from Deadline also reference a making-of clip that was screened before the trailer, wherein Keanu Reeves states: “The first Matrix felt like something beyond yourself…You’ll hear the sentence ‘The Matrix changed my life.’ I say, ‘Thank you, it changed mine too’”.
Franchise mainstays Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss join newcomers Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Neil Patrick Harris and Christina Ricci among others. It’s a cast list that bubbles with eclectic promise, including many relatively unknown actors from around the world, though looking back at the Wachowski sisters’ past work this should come as no surprise.
The largest omission from the film is Laurence Fishburne, who discussed his absence from the film earlier this year. When probed about why he’s not in the latest instalment of the film, Fishburne stated, “I am not in the next Matrix movie, and you’d have to ask Lana Wachowski why, because I don’t have an answer for that”.
The Matrix: Resurrections is released in the UK and the US on 22nd December.