When Is The Matrix 4 Out? Teasers, Trailers, Rumors And Everything You Need To Know
A fourth film in the Matrix franchise is officially on the way, 17 years after Neo and pals liberated humanity from the techno-yoke of the Machines. But what can we expect from it, and who's actually involved? It's early days, but we've got quite a few details already.
We'll be constantly updating this page with all the news and rumors we can find, so make sure you keep it bookmarked and check back regularly (and by that we mean: every single day). Here's what we know so far.
Hugo Weaving isn't going to return as Agent Smith
Disappointingly, schedule conflicts are going to prevent us from hearing Weaving booming "MR ANDERSON" across a rooftop in The Matrix 4.
Well, actually, it's a little bit more complicated than just Weaving being a bit busy. He really wanted to be involved, but some dithering and a pending offer of a stage job in The Visit at the National Theatre from the end of January meant things got complicated.
"It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer [for The Visit] and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening but I didn’t have dates," Weaving told Time Out. "I thought [I] could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting [a role in The Visit during that time].
"I was in touch with [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren't going to work. So we'd sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They're pushing on ahead without me."
Sounds like somebody's a little bit narked.
When is it out?
The official release date has just been confirmed as 21 May 2021. That's the same day that John Wick 4 comes out, incidentally. Production is scheduled to start in San Francisco in February 2020, and according to sleuthing from local journalists at SFGate it might be going by the pseudonym Project Ice Cream.
Will Keanu Reeves return as Neo?
Yes, he will. That's despite him very likely having died at the end of Revolutions.
Any of the other original stars coming back?
There's been no news yet as to whether Laurence Fishburne will return as Morpheus, but despite Trinity having died in The Matrix Revolutions, Carrie-Ann Moss will return to play her. Jada Pinkett Smith will return as Niobe, the role she played in Reloaded and Revolutions.
And what about the Wachowskis?
That's a bit of a tricky one. All three films in the original trilogy were co-written and co-directed by both Lilly and Lana Wachowski, but this time it'll just be Lana directing, with Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and The Lazarus Project writer Aleksander Hemon adding to the script. Back in 2015, Lilly said a fourth Matrix film was a "particularly repelling idea in these times," though she's apparently given the project her blessing and isn't involved because she's working on her series Work In Progress.
Who else is in it?
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jessica Henwick will be leads, and Neil Patrick Harris will be another key character. Recently Jonathan Groff and Toby Onwumere have been added too.
Am I going to have to Wikipedia what happened in the second and third Matrix films?
Most likely. Basically, everything was alright in the end because the Machines and Neo teamed up to stop Agent Smith taking over the whole Matrix, and that while Neo was assimilated to become a Smith himself, that made all of the Smiths explode. It looked like Neo died, and the Matrix got rebooted, but obviously Keanu's coming back so that'll get sorted out somehow.
Has anyone said anything about what's going to happen in it?
Not really, but we've got some pointers here and there. "Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now," Lana Wachowski has said. "I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
And there's this from Abdul-Mateen: "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 honored to be a part of."
Is there a trailer yet?
Well, they've not started production yet, so no. Obviously.
Has it even started shooting?
Erm, no. But it will soon, according to reports—Keanu and pals will apparently be leaning backward in slow motion somewhere in San Francisco from February 5 to March 1.
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.