There is little doubt that fans are excited now that Keanu Reeves will be back in The Matrix Resurrections. However, the John Wick star was initially confused when director Lana Wachowski asked him to return in the upcoming installment of the cyberpunk film franchise. After all, Reeves believed that Neo was dead and it wouldn't make sense for him to return!
In The Matrix Revolutions, Neo sacrificed himself to defeat Agent Smith and ultimately reboot the Matrix. The film concluded with Neo's lifeless body being carried away by the machines so it's easy to assume that the character was officially dead.
Keanu Reeves clearly remembers that and thought things would stay that way for the character. In a recent appearance at the Graham Norton Show, the John Wick 2 actor admitted that he was confused when Lana Wachowski told him that she wants him to return for another film.
"I was at home, and I got a text from Lana Wachowski, the director and writer, and she was like, 'What do you think about doing another Matrix film?' And I went, 'Oh, that sounds amazing, but I'm dead,'" Reeves said. He then added that Wachowski had a strange response.
"She was like, 'Are you?' and I went 'Do tell." And she wrote a beautiful, beautiful script, a wonderful story, I think," Reeves said.
Not surprisingly, Reeves was clearly intrigued by what Wachowski came up with. And although death in the Matrix pretty much means real death, we'll be seeing Neo again in The Matrix Resurrections.
The Matrix Resurrections also stars Carrie-Anne Moss, Lambert Wilson, and Jada Pinkett Smith. The film will introduce new cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, and Christina Ricci.
Neo returns in The Matrix Resurrections, which will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.