Finally time to take the red pill once more. The Matrix is coming back online after celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. Here's all we know about the much-anticipated return to the year 2199 thus far.
What's the Title?
For the future Matrix installment, we now have a title.
The film's title, The Matrix Resurrections, was revealed during CinemaCon, and Warner Bros. Pictures released its first trailer. It's menacing and intriguing, and we can't get enough of it.
The Matrix Resurrections: Who's Behind the Camera?
Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the original trilogy, will return to direct the fourth installment. Toby Emmerich of Warner Bros. said in a statement, “We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana. Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing, and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
Lana Wachowski added “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.” With Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell, Wachowski will co-write the film. Unlike the previous three Matrix films, Lana will not be working with her creative collaborator and sibling Lilly on this one. Filming started in February 2020 but was put on hold owing to COVID-19. On June 24th, 2020, filming resumed in San Francisco.
Who are the Casts?
Our key characters are returning, with Keanu Reeves reprising his role as Neo and Carrie Anne Moss reprising her role as Trinity. We're not sure how this will work yet, given the fates of the characters in The Matrix Revolutions. Jada Pinkett Smith would most likely reprise her role as Niobe from The Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions, according to Deadline. Lambert Wilson, who played The Merovingian in the sequels, is also making a comeback.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Aquaman's Black Manta, joins the original cast. Many people believe he'll play a younger version of Morpheus in the movie. Laurence Fishburne, who played Morpheus in the first film, has not yet been confirmed to return. This fuels even greater speculation that Abdul-Mateen is playing a role.
A slew of new faces will also be joining the team. Brian J. Smith, who played Will Gorski on the Netflix series Sense8, has joined the cast, along with Max Riemelt and Toby Onwumere, who both appeared on the show. Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick of Iron Fist, Jonathan Groff of Mindhunter, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are all on board. Variety reported in June 2020 that Christina Ricci had also joined the cast. In the Wackowskis' 2008 film Speed Racer, Ricci played Trixie.
Aside from Fishburne, another key original cast member will not be returning. Hugo Weaving, who played the nefarious Agent Smith in the film. Due to his commitment to another production, The Visit, Weaving told Time Out that his presence in The Matrix Resurrections was difficult due to scheduling conflicts.
What Is The Matrix Resurrections About?
There are no narrative details in the announcement. The Matrix Resurrections, on the other hand, imply that it is a direct sequel to the third film. Both Matrix sequels were shot back-to-back by the Wachowskis and released in 2003. To be sure, the sequels had their supporters, but in the view of many, they never quite lived up to the promise of the breakthrough original film from 1999. It'll be interesting to see if this new chapter can recapture the sense of awe and wonder we all felt two decades ago when we first saw Keanu accomplish the entire bullet time thing. Given where we left the characters, it'll be interesting to watch how Neo and his companions return.
When is The Matrix Resurrections Coming Out?
The Matrix Resurrections is set for release on Dec. 22 in theaters and on HBO Max and in a clever marketing spin, the tag line in posters is “The Choice is Yours”.
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