When it was announced Lana Wachowski was bringing back Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for a fourth Matrix movie, the internet reacted… well, as you'd expect.
Since then, speculation has run rampant. Along with said speculation, however, a few details have been made public, and now that filming has begun, more details have been released – intentionally or otherwise.
So what do we know, and what can we glean from the news, so far?
When Warner Bros. officially confirmed the fourth Matrix movie, they also announced that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity. From that point, more and more A-list names have been added.
Also rejoining from the previous Matrix movies is Lambert Wilson, yes The Merovingian itself will return – presuming Wilson's schedule allows. He also confirmed to Playlist that the program is part of the script, though what else is in the script – and if it stays the same over time – remains to be seen.
If he does return, this increases the chances that Monica Belluci will also return as Persephone, The Merovingian's wife. But again, this has yet to be confirmed.
Neil Patrick Harris of How I Met Your Mother fame has signed onto the cast for a significant role. What exactly this role is, however, is being kept under wraps by both Wachowski and NPH.
There have been several new additions to the cast, though all of their roles are being kept strictly under wraps – no surprise there. Mindhunter and Frozen star Jonathan Groff will join the Matrix 4 cast, alongside national treasure Stephen Graham (Taboo, Line of Duty).
Director Lana Wachowski has recruited a familiar face to join the ensemble: Sense 8 star Toby Onwumere (who is also slated to appear in the upcoming sixth season of TV series Empire) alongside iZombie actor Andrew Caldwell. Their roles, like the others, remain mysterious.
Lana Wachowski announced: “Many of the ideas [sister] Lilly [Wachowski] and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
We have no idea what ideas these might be, but we've rounded up some of the best and barking-est possible plots for you. The screenplay will be co-written by Wachowski and The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell, so you can bet it will be… dense.
Yet Matrix 4 star Abdul-Mateen has seen the script and is here to assuage our fears. He told Entertainment Weekly: “I’m very excited to do it. A great team and I think there’s going to be a lot of … it’s a very exciting, relevant script that I’m honoured to be a part of.”
That was all he divulged, and we can't expect much more to come from his co-stars. But that doesn't mean we can't speculate.
The Matrix 4 release date: When will The Matrix 4 be out in cinemas?
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Warner Bros has confirmed that the fourth Matrix movie will be released on May 21, 2021, which is exactly the same release date as Reeves' John Wick 4. Clearly, that means Neo and Wick are connected. (Yes, we're kidding).
Production was scheduled to start in February of 2020 in Chicago. However, it has been filming a bit farther west than that. The movie is currently filming in San Francisco, California where its stunts have drawn plenty of attention.
The Matrix 4 trailer: When will the trailer for The Matrix 4 be online?
Given the release date pencilled in, we can probably expect footage by the end of 2020. However, as many productions across film and television go into delays due to Coronavirus, everything is subject to change.
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The Matrix 4 is scheduled for release on May 21, 2021.
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