The Matrix 4: Everything You Need to Know
Last August, fans of THE MATRIX trilogy were surprised and thrilled to learn that a new installment in the franchise is on the way. Not only is original trilogy director Lana Wachowski returning, but so are some of our favorite stars. That includes Keanu Reeves, of course, because what’s a MATRIX movie without Neo?
We’re incredibly excited for THE MATRIX 4, and we can’t wait to find out how the movie will continue the epic story that seemingly concluded with THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait until next year for the answers to some of our most burning questions. In the meantime, here’s everything we know about THE MATRIX 4 so far. (Note: Spoilers ahead for the first three MATRIX movies.)
When Does The Matrix 4 Come Out?
The new Matrix movie opens on April 1, 2022. That's almost 19 years after the late 2003 release of THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS, which we had thought would be the final chapter of the series.
Is There a Matrix 4 Trailer?
There is no MATRIX 4 trailer right now. The movie has only just begun shooting, so it's too early to expect the release of any footage. As is often the case with a highly anticipated sequel like this, you'll find a lot of fan-made trailers on YouTube, but none of them feature official new Matrix footage.
What's the Title of the New Matrix Movie?
Right now, we're calling the new movie THE MATRIX 4, but that will almost certainly not be the final title of the movie. Remember that the sequels to the original film weren't numbered — so there's no reason to expect this one to be, either.
A Quick Recap
If it’s been a while since you’ve seen the original MATRIX trilogy, here’s what you need to remember: Thomas Anderson, aka Neo (Keanu Reeves), is a computer programmer and hacker who discovers that all of humanity is actually living in a simulation. This virtual reality is known as “the Matrix,” and it was created by advanced artificial intelligence to keep humans distracted.
Meanwhile, the real world has been overtaken by these intelligent machines, who are using humans as an energy source. After joining other people who have freed themselves from the Matrix in a rebellion against the machines, Neo discovers that he is the "One" who will save humanity from machine rule.
Neo's most notable allies are Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and Niobe (Jada Pinkett-Smith). Over the course of three films, our heroes lead the rebellion while battling the protectors of the Matrix — including Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), who is able to replicate himself by infecting other people, like a virus.
The first MATRIX was released in 1999, followed in 2003 by both THE MATRIX RELOADED and THE MATRIX REVOLUTIONS. In the final movie, Neo sacrifices himself to prevent the evil Agent Smith from taking over the Matrix and the real world. Humanity is saved, and there is peace… for a time.
The Matrix Returns
Over the past few years, there have been rumors that a new MATRIX reboot was in the works. Then, in August 2019, Warner Bros. announced a fourth MATRIX movie, with Lana Wachowski (who wrote and directed the original trilogy with her sister, Lilly) returning to direct. It was a pretty surprising development, given that the filmmaker siblings had previously said they had no interest in making another MATRIX.
Wachowski co-wrote the script for the fourth film with author Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, the latter of whom wrote the novel that served as the basis for sci-fi epic CLOUD ATLAS, directed by the Wachowskis. Mitchell also worked with the siblings on the Netflix sci-fi series "Sense8."
The Stars Align
The cast of the new MATRIX movie features Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who both reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity. Jada Pinkett-Smith also returns as rebel pilot Niobe. So far, there has been no word on whether or not Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus will return, but some rumors have suggested that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who starred in hit HBO series "Watchmen," might be playing a younger version of Fishburne's character. Lambert Wilson, who played the memorable role of the Merovingian in the second film, is also back.
THE MATRIX 4 will feature several new characters, as well, played by Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick ("Game of Thrones"), Jonathan Groff (FROZEN), Priyanka Chopra ("Quantico"), Toby Onwumere ("Sense8"), and Andrew Caldwell ("iZombie"). Wachowski and the team have yet to reveal any details about the roles for these actors.
Er… How, Exactly Is Neo Back?
That’s the biggest question! We honestly have no idea, and Lana Wachowski – along with everyone else involved – is currently keeping plot and character details under wraps. There has been some speculation, however, that THE MATRIX 4 is both a sequel and a prequel.
Rumors have suggested that this film may have a time travel component, which would explain how we’re able to see Neo again. Those same rumors also caution that Neo and Trinity may have smaller roles than they did in the first three movies. Since THE MATRIX 4 doesn’t arrive until next summer, it’ll probably be a while before we learn anything more concrete – which only makes us more excited for what Lana Wachowski has cooked up for this sequel (or prequel, or both).
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