The matrix 4 wasn’t meant to come out till 2022 but in a surprising move, it has now been moved forward to December next year. The matrix 4 was officially announced back in August 2019 with Lana Velhovsky writing and directing the new movie. Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back but Laurence Fishburne and Hugo Weaving probably won’t be for reasons we’ll go into.
The Matrix 4 cast
Who is in Matrix 4?
As we’ve mentioned Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back as Neo and Trinity. Despite both characters being dead at the end of The Matrix revolutions. Reeves explained his decision to return saying llanovahovsky wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me that’s the only reason to do it we’ve already had our first glimpses of Neo and Trinity back in action during filming but no word yet on how they’re back.
They’ll be joined by Daniel Bernhardt who’s reprising his role as an “Agent Johnson” and Jada Pinkett Smith is back as “Niobe”, who she played in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
Lambert Wilson is also apparently returning as the Merovingian, but it hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. Wilson has said he will reprise his role from The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as long as his schedule allows. if he does return this increases the chances that Monica Bellucci will also return as Persephone, the Merovingian’s wife.
The most exciting new addition to the cast is “Aquaman and Watchmen” star Yahya Abdul-Mateen 2. There were unconfirmed rumors that he would be playing a younger version of Morpheus, but Abdul-Mateen 2 won’t spill any secrets even though he “would love to talk about the Matrix”.
But what of the original Morpheus Lawrence Fishburne?
He confirmed in august 2020 that he had “not been invited” to be in the fourth movie. it’s not quite clear why or if that rules out Morpheus appearing completely.
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.
Marvel star Jessica Henwick is in talks to play a leading role. you’ll recognize her from the Netflix series “Iron Fist” but who she’ll play in the Matrix Fourquel is still a mystery.
There have been several new additions to the cast though all of their roles are being kept strictly under wraps, It no surprises there. “Mindhunter and frozen star” Jonathan Groff has joined the cast, alongside “National Treasure” Stephen Graham, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, “Spartacus” star Ellen Hallman, and an “iZombie” actor Andrew Caldwell.
There will also be a few familiar faces for “Sense8” fans as Brian J Smith, Toby Onwumere, and Erendira Ibarra have all joined the cast.
One star who won’t be back from the original trilogy though as Hugo Weaving as “Agent Smith” with the actor confirming in January 2020 “that they’re pushing on ahead without me“. However, Weaving later noted that the initial plan for the fourth movie did feature Agent Smith.
There was reading with Keanu, Carrie and myself and a few others from the old family. I loved a lot of it and wasn’t sure about other bits. A prior commitment though meant he couldn’t be involved as Lana decided “she didn’t think it was going to work “timing-wise with filming for the movie to the Matrix 4 a release date.
When will the Matrix 4 will release in cinemas?
The matrix was first scheduled for release on May 21st, 2021 in the UK and US before it was pushed back as a result of filming delays to April 1, 2022. However, as mentioned above in a pleasing development Warner Bros have now moved the movie’s release forward to December 22nd, 2021.
This will put it in competition with Spider-Man 3. if both movies are released as currently planned in an unprecedented movie Warner Bros is releasing all of its 2021 movies on HBO Max and in cinemas simultaneously in the US.
So, that means subscribers to the streaming service in the US will be able to watch the return of Neo on December 22nd, 2021 as well it will be available on HBO Max for one month from its cinema release date. The international release of the movie is unaffected as currently, HBO Max is only available in the US.
"THE MATRIX was all about the desire for transformation, but it was all coming from a closeted point of view."
Lilly Wachowski looks back on THE MATRIX and the trans allegory at the center of film: https://t.co/JZZsKnviBB
— NetflixFilm (@NetflixFilm) August 4, 2020
Originally the movie was going to come out on the same release date as Reeves John Wick 4 although now the two films are separated with John Wick for out on May 21, 2022, filming started in San Francisco in February 2020 and had moved on to Berlin for the next phase.
However, in march 2020 production was put on hold to continue at a later date. Reeves confirmed in august 2020 that filming had restarted in Berlin there are really thoughtful effective protocols in place in the rhythm of filmmaking that has been not really impacted or interrupted.
The Matrix 4 plot
What will the Matrix 4 be about?
If we’re honest with you we have no idea what the matrix for will be about as the original trilogy wrapped up the main plot. Lana Wachowski won’t reveal anything and neither will any of the cast. so you’ll have to make do for now with theories like maybe the movie will see Trinity as the one or that they’re all clones.
Right now all we can do is pay attention to the cast’s looks as filming continues. Such as Reeves’ buzzcut hair hinting that Neo will be stepping outside the Matrix again in the fourth movie.
we’ve rounded up some of the best and barking-est possible plots for you in the meantime.
The screenplay will be co-written by Wachowski, the “Lazarus” project author Aleksandar Hemon and “Cloud Atlas” author David Mitchell, so you can bet it will be dense.
we now know that the original intention for the matrix trilogy was to be a trans allegory. Lilly Wachowski, who isn’t involved in the fourth film, recently explained how the series was made from a closeted point of view.
“I’m glad that it has gotten out that was the original intention but the world wasn’t quite ready yet at a corporate level the corporate world wasn’t ready for it.”
How, and if, these themes continue in the Matrix 4 remains to be seen. what we do know is that the film is “so relevant” and touches on themes people should be talking about in 2020, 2021, and 2022″ according to star Yahya Madul-Abteen 2.
while Reeves has teased that the movie has a beautiful script “that is a love story” adding:
“it’s another version of a kind of call to wake up it entertains it has some great action all will be revealed”
As to be expected from a matrix movie “we can expect game-changing special effects. Lana is doing some really interesting things on a technical level in the same way that you know, She created a style back then” enthused Henwick.
“i think she’s going to change the industry again with this film.”