The cast and crew of Matrix 4
While the first three Matrix films were directed by the Wachowski sisters, only Lana Wachowski returns for the final sequel. She is also producing the film and co-writing the screenplay alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, her Netflix Sense8 series co-writers. Other Matrix veterans include producer Grant Hill and storyboard artists Geof Darrow and Steve Skroce.
Several actors from the original trilogy will return for The Matrix 4. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their lead roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. This despite the fact that both characters died during the events of The Matrix Revolutions. Jada Pinkett Smith is reportedly in talks to reprise her role as Niobe, and Lambert Wilson has confirmed he’s in talks to play the Merovingian villain again, if the schedule allows.
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However, not all of the main cast from the original trilogy are returning. There has been no word on Laurence Fishburne’s return as Morpheus, although the producers are said to be releasing younger versions of Neo and Morpheus. Wachowski approached Hugo Weaving to come back as Agent Smith, but due to Weaving’s scheduling conflicts, Smith has since been left out of the story.
The Matrix 4 will feature a number of new cast alongside these returning favorites, although no roles have yet been confirmed. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman) and Jessica Henwick (Marvel’s Iron Fist) have been cast for lead roles, while Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother) has also been confirmed to appear. The cast would also include Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Priyanka Chopra Jonas (Quantico) and Sense8 actors Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt and Eréndira Ibarra.Earlier rumors indicated that Creed’s Michael B. Jordan would star in a Matrix reboot or prequel focused on a younger Morpheus. Whether or not there is any truth to these rumors, Jordan does not appear to be involved in The Matrix 4.
Although its existence was not confirmed until August 2019, The Matrix 4 already has an official release date. It’s even happening sooner than you might think. The Matrix 4 is set to hit theaters on May 21, 2021.
Funny enough, that just happens to be the release date for another action movie sequel starring Keanu Reeves. John Wick: Chapter 4 debuts on the same day, leading many fans to demand that May 21 be officially declared Keanu Day. Most likely, either of these films will shift release dates until 2021, but that’s a testament to Reeves’ resurgent popularity of late.
Is it officially called The Matrix 4?
Currently, the fourth Matrix movie doesn’t have an official title and is simply called The Matrix 4. We’re guessing Warners will reveal a different title for the sequel down the road. None of the previous Matrix sequels relied on numbering (part 2 being The Matrix Reloaded and part 3 The Matrix Revolutions), so presumably the fourth film will follow a similar naming scheme. Matrix Reborn, maybe?
Is there a Matrix 4 trailer?
There is currently no trailer or even a teaser poster for The Matrix 4. With filming set to begin in San Francisco in February 2020, it will likely be some time before fans see an official preview of the new one. movie. We expect summer 2020 to be the earliest the studio will release any footage, with a trailer potentially debuting at San Diego Comic-Con or attached to a major summer movie like Wonder Woman 1984 or Tenet. .
However, it might as well be late 2020 before we get our first glimpse of The Matrix 4. Warners didn’t release the first Wonder Woman 1984 trailer until December 2019, just six months before the release date. release of this film. They can choose to keep The Matrix 4 a secret for as long as possible.
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What is the plot of The Matrix 4?
Very little is known about The Matrix 4’s plot other than the fact that it takes place after the events of The Matrix Revolutions. The revolutions ended with the establishment of a fragile new peace between mankind and its robot overlords, so likely The Matrix 4 will reveal whether that peace held or whether a new war broke out between man and machine.
Given that Reeves is back, it’s safe to assume that Neo will somehow return despite sacrificing his life to stop Agent Smith’s takeover of the Matrix. The same goes for Moss’s Trinity, who also died shortly before the final battle between Neo and Smith. It could be that Neo and Trinity have left their physical bodies behind and now live only through the Matrix, with allies like Niobe reconnecting to the Matrix to find them. The fact that Weaving has been approached to return as Agent Smith suggests that the agents will continue to serve as antagonists and implementers of the Machine Regime.Fishburne’s absence of Morpheus raises questions about this character’s fate, especially in light of rumors that Warner Bros. would have cast a younger Morpheus. Will the character be killed between films, like Marcus Chong’s Tank? And will the young Morpheus / Neo scenes be flashbacks, or will these characters kind of be rebooted in a new version of The Matrix?
Interestingly, the late MMORPG The Matrix Online previously explored the fallout from Revolutions. Since the Wachowskis have approved the game’s storyline, The Matrix 4 could end up treating The Matrix Online as the official canon of the series. This would explain the absence of Morpheus, as he was assassinated during one of the game’s first major events. The Matrix Online introduced other plot points that could be used in the new movie, such as fragments. of Neo’s code scattered throughout the system and an outbreak of civil war between Zion loyalists and a group of humans aligned with the machines.
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Matrix 4 Development Details
It’s been almost two decades since the original Matrix trilogy ended, and the internet has been inundated with rumors of reboots, prequels, sequels and spinoffs ever since. We cover the full history of these Matrix rumors here, but here is a quick rundown of the news regarding The Matrix 4 in particular:
- February 2014 – Latino Review reports that the Wachowskis turned a story for a second Matrix trilogy.
- February 2015 – Lilly Wachowski vehemently denies rumors of a new trilogy while promoting Jupiter Ascending, calling it a “particularly repulsive idea” in an interview with The Times Colonist.
- October 2017 – Asked about sequels rumors during an NYCC panel, Reeves told the panel, “I don’t know.”
- May 2019 –John Wick 3 director Chad Stahelski stokes rumors that the Wachowskis are returning for a fourth film, although a representative later clarifies that Stahelski was referring to “a hypothetical screenplay.”
- June 2019 – Discussing the movie adds to growing rumors about The Matrix 4 with a report claiming the two Wachowskis are returning to helm The Matrix 4.
- August 2019 – After a scoop from Variety, The Matrix 4 is confirmed by Warners, with Lana Wachowski in charge and Reeves and Moss reprising their roles.
- October 2019 – Rumors are surfacing that the studio is hiring actors to play younger versions of Neo and Morpheus. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris and Jessica Henwick are joining the cast, while Jada Pinkett Smith is reportedly in talks to return.
- December 2019 – Jonathan Groff is said to be in talks for an unknown role. Warners reveals a release date of May 21, 2021.
- January 2020 – Hugo Weaving confirms he won’t be returning, but Priyanka Chopra Jonas is reportedly in final talks with Warner Bros.
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