Matrix fans, look alive because the updates around The Matrix Resurrections just keep on coming at this point.
The fourth film in the Matrix series is already getting a whole lot of attention, and for good reason. Fans have been waiting a long, long time for a new chapter to sink their teeth into. A new Matrix film hasn’t been released since 2003.
Here’s everything we know about The Matrix Resurrections (formerly known as the Matrix 4).
The Matrix Resurrections: Trailer
The first official trailer for The Matrix Resurrections was released on September 9, just after CinemaCon. It’s safe to say there is a lot going on here and it looks like the film is gearing up to be everything fans are hoping for.
You can also find a bunch of strange clips of the film on the interactive website for The Matrix Resurrections.
The second tease for The Matrix 4, titled Déjà Vu, has a lot of callbacks to the original The Matrix film. It seems that the “glitch in the Matrix” that the trailer is referring to could be the thing that brings our heroes, Neo and Trinity, back into the game.
Most recently, a second official trailer was dropped on December 7. You can catch that one below.
What can we expect from The Matrix 4?
Spoilers for older Matrix films ahead.
In terms of the storyline, we don’t know much just yet, even after those epic trailers.
There’s not much to go off from the synopsis except that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be back in their famous roles as Neo and Trinity respectively for a new mind-bending adventure that takes us back into the Matrix.
This will be a direct sequel to the original franchise which means The Matrix Resurrections has some explaining to do about how Neo and Trinity are back from the dead.
It seems from the trailer that perhaps our heroes have been re-uploaded into the Matrix somehow with no recollection of their previous lives. Neo spends a lot of time contemplating whether his life is real, and it seems a steady diet of blue pills is helping to keep him in check.
When he chooses the red pill, however, things really kick off (just like last time).
Neo still seems to have all his reality-altering powers, and the trailer gives us a peek at some of the action-packed slow-mo sequences we’ve come to know and love from The Matrix franchise.
There’s also a bunch of new faces, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, as a very convincing Morpheus replacement, and Jonathon Groff as a mysterious new character. Is he a friend? Is he a foe? You never know in the Matrix.
One foe it looks like we will be seeing again is Agent Johnson (played again by Daniel Bernhardt), as well as the dangerous sentinels who still seem to be operating in the ‘real world’.
How all this ties together is anyone’s guess, but we’ll have all our mysteries solved when The Matrix Resurrections hits screens.
The Matrix Resurrections posters
We also have a look at a couple of new posters for The Matrix Resurrections.
And here’s a look at the international poster.
Who is involved in the cast line-up?
The Matrix Resurrections is being directed by Lana Wachowski, who you may remember also directed the original trilogy alongside Lilly Wachowski.
It stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Priyanka Chopra, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.
What’s the release date for The Matrix Resurrections?
Release dates have been shuffled a lot over the past two years, but if all goes according to plan, The Matrix Resurrections will be released in Australian cinemas on December 26.
This is slightly later than the U.S. theatrical release date of December 22, which means Aussies will be stuck waiting again, but only for a few days this time.
The fourth Matrix will also be released on HBO Max in the U.S., but we won’t get a simultaneous streaming launch here in Australia. However, you can catch up on the existing trilogy in the meantime.
Where can I watch earlier films?
And here’s a list of other films you should probably check out before the Matrix 4 drops, too.
This article has been updated with additional news since its original publication date.