The wait is almost over folks! Resurrections — the fourth installment of the popular, beloved cyberpunk film franchise The Matrix — is almost here, and we were just blessed with an official, epic trailer!
Co-written and directed by legendary trans filmmaker Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections is the first film in The Matrix franchise to be released in over 18 years since 2003's The Matrix Revolutions. Screen icon Keanu Reeves is back to lead the fourth chapter of the multi-billion dollar sci-fi franchise as main protagonist Neo (arguably one of the most popular roles in his entire career), with Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith also making their own epic comebacks to the series!
The stunning, three-minute trailer also shows off two of our favorite out actors — Neil Patrick Harris and Jonathan Groff — joined by some other fresh faces to the world of The Matrix, the likes of which include Candyman's Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Game of Thrones' Jessica Henwick, Quantico's Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci. Sense8 alums Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, and Brian J. Smith are all also reportedly set to reunite with Wachowski to work on The Matrix Resurrections!
After writing and directing the first three Matrix films with her sister Lilly, Lana is set to make history with Resurrections as the first out transgender director to helm a blockbuster solo! During an interview last year with the Netflix Film Club, Lilly Wachowski confirmed that the OG Matrix film trilogy was indeed a trans allegory from the start, even if it took a while for people to learn about it because of the attitudes of the time the first three films were originally released.
"The world wasn’t quite ready yet," Lilly said. "The corporate level, the corporate world wasn’t quite ready for it yet."
"I don’t know how present my transness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it," she continued. "But it all came from the same sort of fire that I’m talking about. Especially for me and Lana, we were existing in this space where the words didn’t exist, so we were always living in a world of imagination."
The Matrix Resurrections is set to hit theaters and HBO Max on December 22!