If you didn’t know there was a Matrix 4 in the works you’re not alone.
It’s the question we’ve pondered over for quite some time: no, not the red pill or the blue pill (although we’re still thinking that one over), but when will The Matrix 4 hit the big screen?
Happy times – if the rumours are anything to go by, it might not be too much longer.
The latest rumblings suggest that the fourth instalment of the Keanu Reeves’ blockbuster is set for release later this year. But you’ll be hard-pressed to find any paper trail or even a trailer to back this up just yet.
Still, that hasn’t stopped us from getting excited. This is what we know so far…
Watch: The Matrix 4 – Everything We Know So Far
It’s hard to believe that it has been over 20 years since the Matrix blew our minds. A major sci-fi hit, it was soon followed up with The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.
Set in a world where mankind has been overthrown by machines, humans find themselves imprisoned in a simulation otherwise known as the Matrix. To the rescue, accomplished hacker ‘Neo’ uses his powers to save humanity. The trilogy, which concluded with The Matrix Revolutions, felt like a natural end, so we’re all keen to see where they’ll take it next.
The Matrix 4 remains shrouded in secrecy, making it hard to find the plot details just about anywhere. However, we’re told that The Matrix 4 is most akin to The Matrix Reloaded, with its blend of weird, meta content, tinged with a touch of comedy woven in. Taking to Twitter, movie insider @vieweranon revealed that the ‘Matrix Resurrections’ (the apparent title of The Matrix 4) is done in the “same style as reloaded and revolutions”.
Comparisons to Matrix Reloaded suggest there are mixed views ahead. If you can cast your mind back, whilst ‘Reloaded’ was generally well-received, it has subsequently gone on to be a divisive sequel in film circles. This may be a little disappointing for fans to hear, especially those who disliked its CGI effects and action sequences, which we’re anticipating more of in number four.
The Matrix 4 Cast
We’re pleased to see the return of Lana Wachowiski, who has written and directed The Matrix 4. So if you’re a fan of her movies including Jupiter Ascending or Cloud Atlas, you know exactly what to expect.
Easily one of the most anticipated films of the year, the line-up is complete with some familiar faces. The Matrix 4 cast includes Keanu Reeves back as Neo – the script was “too beautiful to turn down” said the star. It also sees the return of Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity as well as Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), Danie Bernhardt (Agent Johnson), and Lambert Wilson (the Merovingian) reprising their roles. With this news, we remain optimistic that Monica Bellucci will return as Persephone – Merovingian’s wife. Sadly though, it doesn’t look as if Laurence Fishburne’s iconic character Morpheus will be amongst them.
New for 2021, there’s also Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris and Cristina Ricca added to the stellar line-up.
We’re told that filming wrapped in November 2020 after expected delays due to the ongoing pandemic.
Like all movie fans, we’re longing for The Matrix 4 release date to be confirmed by Warner Bros. After originally set for May 2021, and then pushed back a whole year, we’re pleased to see that it’s now penciled in for release on 22nd of December – the perfect Christmas present you might say.
Only time will tell if The Matrix 4 will have a place in history like others in the genre, such as Jupiter Ascending and Dark City. But it will certainly have some way to go to make the impact of its original release, which remains in the coveted Top 20 highest-ranked movies of all time on IMDB.
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