It’s time to plug back in to The Matrix. Although, if you’re Neo, you’re not quite sure what that is… again?
The official trailer has arrived for the long-awaited next film in The Matrix franchise, The Matrix Resurrections, arriving around 18 years after the middling reception offered to the franchise’s third film, The Matrix Resolutions. As the trailer unveils, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both, somehow, back as Neo and Trinity – and it appears that, at least in part of the film, they don’t remember what’s happened to them previously. Is this some kind of reprogramming thing? Are they even really the same Neo and Trinity we remember? Questions galore.
It’s an exciting trailer, showing off a good amount of footage and some jaw-dropping visuals, while smartly keeping plot details deeply coded. The Matrix trilogy co-creator and co-director Lana Wachowski directs in solo capacity this time around, working from a screenplay she wrote with Sense8 writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, the latter of whom wrote the Cloud Atlas novel the Wachowskis adapted in 2012.
The Matrix was a groundbreaking achievement and milestone in cinema. The sequels that followed… less so. Let’s hope the return to this world is worth the wait.
The Matrix Resurrections, also starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci, arrives in Australian cinemas on December 16th and will hit both cinemas and HBO Max in the US on December 22nd.
Warner Bros’ extended rundown for The Matrix Resurrections:
From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes “The Matrix Resurrections,” the long-awaited fourth film in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre. The new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity.
The film also stars Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (the “Aquaman” franchise) Jessica Henwick (TV’s “Iron Fist,” “Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens”), Jonathan Groff (“Hamilton,” TV’s “Mindhunter”), Neil Patrick Harris (“Gone Girl”), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (TV’s “Quantico,”), Christina Ricci (TV’s “Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story,” “The Lizzie Borden Chronicles”), Telma Hopkins (TV’s “Dead to Me,”), Eréndira Ibarra (series “Sense8,” “Ingobernable”), Toby Onwumere (TV’s “Empire”), Max Riemelt (series “Sense8”), Brian J. Smith (series “Sense8,” “Treadstone”), and Jada Pinkett Smith (“Angel Has Fallen,” TV’s “Gotham”).
Lana Wachowski directed from a screenplay by Wachowski & David Mitchell & Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis. The film was produced by Grant Hill, James McTeigue and Lana Wachowski. The executive producers were Garrett Grant, Terry Needham, Michael Salven, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman.
Wachowski’s creative team behind the scenes included “Sense8” collaborators: directors of photography Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll, production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole, editor Joseph Jett Sally, costume designer Lindsay Pugh, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, and composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer.
Warner Bros. Pictures Presents, In Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, In Association with Venus Castina Productions, “The Matrix Resurrections.” The film will be distributed by worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will be in theaters nationwide and on HBO Max via the Ad-Free plan on December 22, 2021; it will be available on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.