The Matrix trilogy is one of the most groundbreaking film series of all time, and we are absolutely dying to see the upcoming fourth installment. The original Matrix isn’t only one of the best action and science fiction movies of all-time, but also one of the best trans movies. It also revolutionized special effects in Hollywood and helped solidify Keanu Reeves' place as one of the biggest actors of his generation.
Ever since we learned that a fourth sequel would be coming, we’ve been dying to know all the details, and we know you have too. Lana Wachowski and the whole crew have kept plot and character details tightly under wrap, but here’s what we know so far.
What’s it called?
Recently, a rumor appeared online that the new movie would be titled The Matrix Resurrections. A makeup artist on set posted an image of a wrap gift she received that seemed to use that title for the movie. However, that post was taken down, and Warner Bros. told Screen Rant that currently the film remains untitled. Guess we’ll have to wait for the official poster or trailer to drop to find out.
Which actors are coming back?
Several of the original stars are coming back, including Keanu Reeves as Neo, the savior of humanity. He’ll be joined by Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity and Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe. Lambert Wilson is also returning as the powerful and power-hungry computer program The Merovingian, and Daniel Bernhardt is coming back to play Agent Johnson.
Who’s joining the cast?
While some original stars such as Hugo Weaving and Laurence Fishburne won’t be reprising their roles, Reeves, Moss, and Pinkett Smith will be joined by a great cast of newcomers to the franchise. Joining the cast is Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), Neil Patrick Harris (It’s a Sin) and Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter). They’ll also be joined by Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, and Brian J. Smith, who all worked on the Wachowski’s science fiction Netflix show, Sense8.
Who is directing?
While the original trilogy was made by both Wachowski sisters, Lana and Lilly, together, Lana is serving as sole director for the upcoming sequel. Lilly did give her blessing, and isn’t involved because of conflict schedules with the Showtime series Work in Progress, which she executive produces. Lana Wachowski also co-wrote the script with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.
Lana is set to make directoral history as the first out transgender director to helm a blockbuster solo.
When is it out?
The film was initially set to be released in theaters on May 21, 2021, but due to the pandemic, it was originally postponed to April 1, 2022. However, the date moved one more time, and now the film will be released in theaters and on HBO Max as a part of Warner Bros. Pictures simultaneous release plan on December 22, 2021.