This winter, a new entry in the Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections, will come to theaters! Now, Warner Bros. has released a massive trailer, giving fans a sneak pack. Fan-favorite stars, plenty of special effects, even kung fu – it’s all here!
The Matrix Resurrections – Fourth Film From Franchise
It seems that actor Keanu Reeves still has his kung fu moves, a whopping 22 years after the original Matrix film – except now he has a beard! The first trailer for the heavily anticipated The Matrix Resurrections, the fourth film in the Matrix series, debuted on Thursday and fans are very excited! Reeves will return as lead character Neo, while actress Carrie-Anne Moss will come back as Trinity. However, things are not as they once were…
In the original trilogy, freelance hacker Thomas Anderson (Reeves) discovers humans live in a digital universe known as “The Matrix.” Once free of The Matrix, Anderson fulfills his destiny as the chosen one, Neo, freeing humanity from their robotic overlords. In The Matrix Resurrections things are seemingly opposite. The trailer opens with Reeves’ character talking about “dreams that weren’t just dreams” – really visions of The Matrix…
In-Depth Look At The Trailer
Soon enough, the lyrically appropriate “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, kicks in. The trailer shows Thomas/Neo as he lives life in San Fransisco: he bumps into Trinity in a coffee shop, but they don’t recognize each other, he also meets what seems to be a young version of Laurence Fishburne‘s Morpheus, played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, offers him familiar red and blue pills (seen above). “Time to fly,” the young Morpheus says.
One thing not in the trailer? A lot about the plot or newcomers. However, the trailer certainly gave fans a taste of what the film will feel like. The trailer also hints that this new story will be pretty different from the original. “The only thing that matters to you is still here. I know it’s why you’re still fighting and why you’ll never give up,” young Morpheus tells Neo in the film.
There are also glimpses of villains incredibly similar to Hugo Weaving’s antagonist from the original Matrix films, Agent Smith. Still, many fans thought the best part of the trailer was when actor Jonathan Groff’s creepy businessman welcomes both fans and Neo back to the franchise saying: “After all these years, to be going back to where it all started – back to the Matrix.”
Director and writer Lana Wachowski recently explained to Complex why she wanted to return to The Matrix franchise. “My dad died, then this friend died, then my mom died. I didn’t really know how to process that kind of grief,” said Wachowski, who says the movie was deeply impacted by her experience. “I hadn’t experienced it that closely. … You know their lives are going to end and yet it was still really hard. My brain has always reached into my imagination and one night, I was crying and I couldn’t sleep, and my brain exploded this whole story. And I couldn’t have my mom and dad, yet suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, arguably the two most important characters in my life.”
Fans cannot wait for The Matrix Resurrections to debut in cinemas on December 22!