Last August, Warner Bros. announced that the Matrix would indeed return with a fourth installment. Director Lana Wachowski (who helmed the original Matrix trilogy with sibling Lilly Wachowski) would return as director along with both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, reprising their original roles and Neo and Trinity. (Keanu Reeves had before stated that he would return only if the Wachowskis were on board. Thankfully, one signed on.)

Loosely inspired by the Japanese anime film Ghost in the Shell, The Matrix became a sci-fi sensation when it dropped in 1999—years before internet boyfriend Keanu Reeves was internet boyfriend material. Since then, the franchise has become one of the most influential cinematic works of all time, inspiring not just other filmmakers, but also thinkers across literature and academic philosophy.

And The Matrix, which turned 20 last year, hasn’t lost its cultural salience. Director Lana Wachowski recently said that “many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now.”

While almost zero plot details have yet been released, we can’t wait to see how the franchise fully enters the digital age.

What’s the release date?

The Matrix 4 will release December 22, 2021. At a CinemaCon presentation this week, Warner Bros revealed the title for the fourth installment—Matrix: Resurrection.

Is there a trailer?

A trailer was also shown to CinemaCon audiences, though has yet to be released on social media. The trailer apparently opens with Keanu Reeves talking to Neil Patrick Harris, possibly in therapy. A later cut shows Reeves meeting Carrie Anne Moss, but seeming not to recognize her. Reeves’ Neo appears to be back in the “real world,” though we’ll have to wait a beat to confirm that one.

Wait, Is Keanu Reeves in the Matrix 4?

Hell yeah he will be, don’t worry. Joining Reeves and Moss will be some younger faces, including Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter, Hamilton) and Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing a young Morpheus.

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