The first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections demanded and then immediately earned our collective attention Thursday morning, bringing with it a fairly even blend of new questions and long-awaited answers to questions of old.
Reuniting in the name of Resurrections are original franchise stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will this time be bringing to life the characters of Neo and Trinity, respectively, under the sole direction of Lana Wachowski. For the script, Wachowski enlisted the creative services of Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell and Sense8 writer Aleksandar Hemon.
“The Matrix trilogy defined my generation of cinema,” Priyanka Chopra, new to the franchise, told fans when sharing the trailer. “I am honoured and thrilled to be a part of the legacy and to have had the experience of working under the tutelage of Lana Wachowski and alongside this incredible, iconic cast.”
The cleverly marketed trailer, as pointed out earlier today, gives fans the closest look yet at new franchise addition Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, as well as how the film may be handling the Morpheus character. As has been known for quite some time now, Laurence Fishburne—who played Morpheus in the first three films—is not expected to appear in Resurrections.
The trailer, among other dissection-worthy things, also gave us a begging-to-be-memed shot of Keanu Reeves and a scene-stealing duck:
Nearly 20 years after the release of The Matrix Revolutions—the third entry in the Wachowskis-created franchise—it’s safe to say that the hype for a return to this story has not subsided in the slightest. Early reactions, including a continuation of people passionately delivering John Wick comparisons, show that fans and franchise newcomers alike are riding into the December release of Resurrections atop a wave of optimism. Check out those reactions below.