Warner Bros. released the long-awaited first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections.
The trailer begins with Keanu Reeves' Thomas Anderson sitting in a therapy session as he recalls "dreams" that clearly allude to his past life. Soon after, he runs into Carrie-Anne Moss' Trinity in the Matrix, clearly recognizing his former ally and love interest. Eventually, Thomas meets a very Morpheus-esque man (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II), who offers him a red pill. The trailer then concludes with Thomas -- now Neo once more -- redirecting a missile at a helicopter before he and Trinity dive off of a skyscraper.
The Matrix Resurrections is the fourth mainline Matrix film after 1999's The Matrix and 2003's The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The original three starred Reeves as Thomas Anderson/Neo, a seemingly ordinary computer hacker who's enlightened by Laurence Fishburne's Morpheus about the true nature of reality -- namely that the world he thought was real was actually a computer simulation created by sentient machines to help keep their enemies docile as they harness them as a means of power. While Fishburne isn't returning for Resurrectrions, Reeves will be joined by Moss' Trinity and Jada Pinkett Smith's Niobe, as well as newcomers like the aforementioned Abdul-Mateen II, as well as Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Christina Ricci and Jonathan Groff.
Also returning for Resurrections is Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the first three films with her sister Lilly. "I got out of my transition and was just completely exhausted because we had made Cloud Atlas and Jupiter Ascending, and the first season of Sense8 back-to-back-to-back," Lilly recently said while discussing why she wasn't coming back for Resurrections. "We were posting one, and prepping the other at the exact same time. So you're talking about three 100-plus days of shooting for each project, and so, coming out and just being completely exhausted, my world was like, falling apart to some extent even while I was like, you know, cracking out of my egg. So I needed this time away from this industry. I needed to reconnect with myself as an artist and I did that by going back to school and painting and stuff."
"[Lana] had come up with this idea for another Matrix movie, and we had this talk, and it was actually -- we started talking about it in between [our] dad dying and [our] mom dying, which was like five weeks apart," Lilly continued. "And there was something about the idea of going backward and being a part of something that I had done before that was expressly unappealing. And, like, I didn't want to have gone through my transition and gone through this massive upheaval in my life, the sense of loss from my mom and dad, to want to go back to something that I had done before, and sort of [walk] over old paths that I had walked in, felt emotionally unfulfilling, and really the opposite -- like I was going to go back and live in these old shoes, in a way. And I didn't want to do that."
The Matrix Resurrections arrives in theaters and on HBO Max Dec. 22.