It's been a few months since it was first revealed that another The Matrix movie was on the way, and now details regarding the fourth film in the franchise are starting to trickle in. While the movie was expected to release sometime in 2021, due to the Coronavirus the film has been pushed back to 2022.
Information on the upcoming movie is still relatively slim, but it's safe to assume that it'll aim to stay true to the OG vibes, as both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are confirmed to be returning as Neo and Trinity. Whether they’ll keep their iconic black leather trench coats and tiny sunglasses, however, remains to be seen.
In order to keep you up to date, we've gathered all the information we have about The Matrix 4 and compiled it below, which should hopefully make your journey down the rabbit hole all the easier.
Who has been cast in The Matrix 4?
As mentioned above, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Black Mirror) has been confirmed to join the cast as young Morpheus, in addition to Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), Toby Onwumere (Sense8), Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe), Eréndira Ibarra (Sense8), and Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), who is expected to play a female Neo-like character.
Jada Pinkett Smith is reportedly in talks to reprise her role of Niobe, but this hasn't been confirmed yet.
Unfortunately, however, Hugo Weaving aka Agent Smith will not be making a comeback. In a recent interview, the actor explained that he was approached for the role but had to turn it down due to a scheduling conflict. Read more on that here.
Who is directing The Matrix 4?
Lana Wachowski is helming The Matrix 4. She wrote and directed all three previous Matrix pictures — The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions — with her sister, Lilly. For the fourth, she co-wrote the script alongside authors Aleksandar Hemon (The Lazarus Project) and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas).
What is The Matrix 4 release date?
The release date for The Matrix 4 was set for May 21, 2021, however, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, filming had to be put on hold and the release date was moved back by a full year to April 2022. It's currently unclear when filming will resume.
Filming began in San Francisco in February 2020, and a subsequent shoot was scheduled for Berlin in mid-March, when production was forced to shut down. Filming was initially expected to resume in Berlin in early July as the cast members had signed eight-week extensions. This week, Reeves was spotted in Berlin, signaling that filming is back on track.
In the early days of filming, fans already shared images and videos from the outdoor set, providing our first look at Keanu Reeves in the upcoming action film.
What is The Matrix 4 about?
Plot details are currently unknown. However, it has been rumored that a young Morpheus could appear in the movie. In a quote obtained by Variety, Wachowski said, "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."
What will The Matrix 4 be called?
It's not yet known whether The Matrix 4 will get a specific title. Previous films in the franchise have been The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions.
Perhaps the "R" theme will be continued in the next installment, giving us a title like The Matrix Resurrected or The Matrix Renaissance. The latter is perhaps the most fitting considering franchise directors the Wachowskis produced The Animatrix, a Japanese animation movie based on the original trilogy. The movie compiled nine shorts, two of which were titled The Second Renaissance Part I and The Second Renaissance Part II.
Where can you watch The Matrix 4 trailer?
No trailer for The Matrix 4 has dropped yet and probably won't for a while, but we'll post it here as soon as it lands.
Want more Matrix? Read our interview with the movie's costume designer, Kym Barrett, here.