At long last, Keanu Reeves is reprising his iconic role as Neo in the fourth installment of the ‘Matrix’ series, The Matrix Resurrections.
After what seems like forever and a half ago, fans of the beloved action series are finally getting a look at the new movie, and it seems like the wait may have been worth it.
The original Matrix trilogy wrapped up neatly with The Matrix Revolutions in 2003, so when the fourth installment was announced in 2019, fans were caught off-guard. Recent buzz over Reeves has been over his blockbuster series John Wick. Who could have known that when John Wick says “I’m thinking I’m back,” he was referring to The One? Hello, Mr. Anderson indeed.
In the newly dropped trailer, the film seems to take place in the aftermath of The Matrix Revolutions. It opens with an amnesiac Neo back in the Matrix, seeing a psychiatrist (played by Neil Patrick Harris) for strange dream-like memories he keeps experiencing. As the trailer unfolds, we see Trinity, containers full of signature blue pills, gunplay, explosions, and of course, some good old-fashioned kung-fu. Everything that makes a Matrix movie and then some.
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Also returning to The Matrix universe is co-star Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity, Neo’s former love-interest and partner-in-crime. Notably missing is Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, but that role is in capable hands. Candyman actor Yahya Abdul Mateen II is taking on the role of the enigmatic mentor and martial arts master. Lana Wachowski, the writer and director for the original trilogy, is also back on board, though her sister, Lilly Wachowski, won’t be present.
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Still, there is a lot to look forward to, according to Reeves. “We have a wonderful director, Lana Wachowski, and she has written a beautiful script that is a love story. It’s inspiring,” Reeves said in a 2020 appearance on BBC’s ‘The One Show.’ “It is another version of a kind of call to wake up story, and it has some great action,” he said.
The movie is set to release internationally in theaters on December 22, 2021, as well as on HBO Max on the same date (only available in the US). The timing couldn’t be better, because this means that The Matrix can finally be called a Christmas movie. Nothing like high octane action, a love story, an existential crisis, and Keanu Reeves to really set the Holiday vibe.