26 Nov 2021 5:13 PM +00:00 UTC

The Matrix Resurrections: Plot, Cast, Release Date, Trailer, and Everything You Need to Know

The Matrix Resurrections will be released in a few months, but the highly-anticipated sci-fi film is still shrouded in secrecy. However, Warner Bros. has already released full trailers and official synopsis along with other details about the highly-anticipated sci-fi blockbuster.

Officially announced in August 2019, The Matrix Resurrections is written and directed by Lana Wachowski. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who played Neo and Trinity in the original The Matrix trilogy, are back, but Hugo Weaving and Laurence Fishburne won't be returning.

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At Cinemacon 2021, Warner Bros has already revealed that the fourth Matrix film is titled The Matrix Resurrections, and now we have more details in this updated article about the highly-anticipated sequel.

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Here's everything you need to know about The Matrix: Resurrections.

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The Matrix Resurrections: Who's returning and who are the newcomers?

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As we said, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles in The Matrix Resurrections as Neo and Trinity, despite both characters being dead at the end of The Matrix Revolutions.

Set photos have already revealed Neo and Trinity back in action, but there's no word on how they will return yet.

Other returning cast members are Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, the character she played in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, and Daniel Bernhardt reprising his role sa Agent Johnson.

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Lambert Wilson is apparently back as the Merovingian, and if does return, it's likely that Monica Bellucci will reprise her role as Persephone, the wife of the Merovingian.

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Hugo Weaving was in negotiations to reprise his role as Agent Smith, but those fell through because of his commitments to London's National Theatre. Lawrence Fishburne, who played Morpheus in the original The Matrix trilogy, told the New York magazine that he was not asked to return, but he wishes the production well.

Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) is one of the newcomers joining the cast of The Matrix Resurrections, and he's playing a significant role.

Aquaman and Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II also joined the cast, and according to rumors, he will play a younger version of Morpheus.

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Game of Thrones and Marvel star Jessica Henwick has a leading role. The actress best known for playing Colleen Wing in Marvel's Iron Fist and The Defendersteased that she's involved in the film's intense action scenes.

Sense8 stars Eréndira Ibarra, Brian J. Smith, and Toby Onwumere have joined the cast of The Matrix Resurrections, along with other new cast members, but their roles are currently under wraps.

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Other newcomers include Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter, Frozen), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus), Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Stephen Graham, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

We still don't know the details about their roles, but Chopra Jonas said that her role is "something you don't expect".

Warner Bros. released a poster featuring Neo, Trinity, Morpheus, and other key characters from the The Matrix Resurrections. Check it out below:

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Warner Bros. also released an international poster featuring Neo and Trinity:

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The Matrix Resurrections: What will the sequel be about?

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In October 2021, Warner Bros. revealed the official plot synopsis for The Matrix Resurrections:

"In a world of two realities—everyday life and what lies behind it—Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the white rabbit once more. Choice, while an illusion, is still the only way in or out of the Matrix, which is stronger, more secure and more dangerous than ever before,"
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Lana Wachowski hasn't revealed any plot details about The Matrix Resurrections, so it's still unclear how Neo and Trinity will return, but there have been rumors on how Neo will come back. However, there are some clues we can look at to give us an idea how the story will unfold, such as Reeves's buzzcut hair hinting that Neo will be stepping outside the Matrix again in the sequel. You can also check out the new trailer in the latter half of this article to give you a better idea what you can expect.

The Matrix Resurrections screenplay is being co-written by Lana Wachowski, Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, and The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon, so expect the plot to be well-written and dense.

On Aug. 26, Lilly Wachowski, the co-director of the original Matrix trilogy, recently explained why she's not returning to the franchise to helm The Matrix Resurrections.

"I didn't want to have gone through my transition and gone through this massive upheaval in my life, the sense of loss from my mom and dad, to want to go back to something that I had done before and sort of walk over old paths that I had walked in, felt emotionally unfulfilling and really the opposite," Wachowski said. "Like I was going to go back and live in these old shoes in a way. And I didn't want to do that."

Warner Bros. already released a vague synopsis for The Matrix Resurrections, which seemingly suggest that the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions will be erased from canon.

The Matrix Resurrections is a continuation of the story established in the first MATRIX film. It reunites Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as cinematic icons Neo & Trinity in an expansion of their story that ventures back into the Matrix and even deeper down the rabbit hole. A mind-bending new adventure with action and epic scale, it's set in a familiar yet even more provocative world where reality is more subjective than ever and all that's required to see the truth is to free your mind. 20 years after the first film, the franchise that helped define pop culture at the turn of the century is back for a continuation and extension of the original movie. The Matrix remains in the zeitgeist as a film that has changed the way we look at cinema and reality itself. With its game changing action and visual effects, The Matrix helped pave the way for films to follow.

David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas and the co-writer of The Matrix Resurrections, teased the film in an interview with Greek newspaper To Vima (via Total Film magazine).

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“I saw the film in Berlin in September. It’s really good,” Mitchell said. “I cannot tell you what this film is about, but I could explain what it is not. It’s certainly not yet one more sequel, but something autonomous that contains the three Matrix that preceded in a really ingenious way. It’s a very beautiful and weird creation. It also achieved a couple of things that we do not see in action films, meaning it subverts the rules of blockbusters.”

The Matrix Resurrections Release Date: When will the fourth Matrix film come out?

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The Matrix Resurrections was originally scheduled to release on May 21, 2021 in the US and UK, before it was pushed back due to filming delays to April 1, 2022. However, Warner Bros. moved the film's release date forward to December 22, 2021, putting it in competition with The King's Man and Downtown Abbey.

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Originally, The Matrix Resurrections was going to be released on the same day as Reeves' John Wick 4, but now the two films will be released apart with John Wick coming out on May 21, 2022.

Warner Bros announced that it's releasing all of its 2021 films on HBO Max and in movie theaters simultaneously in the U.S. so that means HBO Max subscribers will be able to watch Neo's return on December 22, 2021 as well.

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The Matrix Resurrections will only be availble on HBO Max for one month after its theatrical release date, and since HBO Max is currently only available in the U.S., the international release of the film is unaffected.

The Matrix ResurrectionsTrailer & Clips: Watch the First Trailer Now!

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On Sept. 9, Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, and it looks amazing!

Watch the trailer for The Matrix Resurrections here:

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Here's the description of the trailer footage as first reported from Cinemacon 2021:

It starts with a glossy looking city. A patient named Thomas is sitting with a psychiatrist (Neil Patrick Harris), and Thomas is Reeves, and he clearly has problems. He says that he's having dreams that are not quite dreams, and he is shown walking down the street with the green Matrix code. "Am I crazy? he says. "We don't say that," the doctor responds. Thomas has a rubber duck on his head while sitting in a bathtub. He enters a coffee shop and greets Trinity. "Have we met?" Trinity asks as they shake hands.

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II appears as someone who resembles Morpheus (shaved head, tiny sunglasses) and offers Thomas a red pill. He meets a person with blue hair who has a rabbit tattoo.

Neo and the blue-haired person walk through a mirror. Neo is in a cafe, then he's in a serene dojo, which is on a lake, with the character played by Abdul-Mateen. "The only thing that matters to you is still here," he says. "You'll never give up." They start performing martial arts, and when Thomas hits him in the chest, he fies out of the room.

Thomas and the blue-haired character are on a train, and a bullet from a sniper is shot from a distance, and it flies through the train toward them. A bunch of action scenes are shown quickly. There are fields of people plugged into the Matrix, and Trinity is being unplugged in the Matrix. The blue-haired character is jumping over a card in slow motion, and Thomas holds bullets in the air. A helicopter shoots a missile at Thomas and Trinity, and Thomas diverts the millile mid-air and shoots it into another helicopter.

Thomas is in an office with a person in business suit played by Jonathan Groff. "You're going back to where it all started," he says. "Back to the Matrix". Then, the title: The Matrix appears, then fades away, and we see Resurrections.

On Sept. 7, legendary video game designer Hideo Kojima seemingly teased The Matrix Resurrections by sharing an official website that was recently updated.

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