Finally, finally we can watch The Matrix 4 trailer. Shortly after the launch of an intricate, tease-friendly website, we have a clear look at Lana Wachowski’s highly anticipated follow-up to the original Matrix trilogy. The Matrix Resurrections trailer premiered on Thursday in all of its mind-bending glory.
The trailer sees Neo (Keanu Reeves) back inside the nefarious mechanisms of the Matrix, popping blue pills with barely any memories of his past—or of his kickass partner, the equally amnesiac Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). Luckily, Neo and Trinity don’t seem to be alone, as new characters played by Yahya Adul-Mateen II (“Aquaman”) and AAPI actress Jessica Henwick (“Game of Thrones”) will do whatever it takes to rescue humanity’s saviors. Original creator Lana Wachowski returns to direct, and the stacked cast list also includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jada Pinkett Smith and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.
“The Matrix 4: Resurrections” is coming to theaters and HBO Max on December 22, just in time for Christmas.
While all of this certainly sounds and looks a lot like the original Matrix movie, right down to the fight in the dojo, it’s hard to know what exactly is going on. It’s possible that the movie’s “Resurrections” title could give us a clue that this new version of Neo has to be reborn, or it could be that someone entirely new needs to be resurrected. Blurring the reality further are glimpses of footage from the original trilogy projected behind characters as they run and gun to the song “White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane. Whatever the case, the trailer resurrects the heady, action-filled promise of The Matrix, even after all these years.
Written by Aleksandar Hemon, Lana Wachowski, and author David Mitchell, who previously collaborated on the Netflix sci-fi drama series Sense8, and whose 2004 novel Cloud Atlas was adapted into a 2012 feature film by Wachowski and her sister Lilly, The Matrix Resurrections takes place — again, in theory — after the events of 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. That movie saw the (assumed) end of the Human-Machine war and defeat of Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving). In addition to Reeves and Moss, several other stars such as Jada Pinkett Smith and Lambert Wilson are set to return, reprising their roles as Captain Niobe of the Logos and The Merovingian, respectively. The film will also introduce new characters played by new additions to the series including Abdul-Mateen, Neil Patrick Harris (Gone Girl), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter) and Christina Ricci (Speed Racer).