Stars of The Matrix Resurrections, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, have reunited for a photoshoot ahead of the film’s December 22 release. After almost two decades since the release of The Matrix Revolutions in 2003, the co-stars are back on a press tour for the fourth installment in the hit science-fiction franchise. Both Reeves and Moss have spent the last twenty years cultivating incredibly successful careers in their own rights, with the former’s stellar performances in the John Wick franchise (set for a May 2022 release) a stand-out example, and the latter as the no-nonsense Jeri Hogarth in the Jessica Jones Marvel/Netflix series.
The original Matrix trilogy was a turning point moment for cinema, pushing the boundaries of visual effects with the now-iconic slow motion action scenes depicting “bullet time,” as well as blending aspects of its science-fiction, cyberpunk, and anime inspirations into a franchise that still has a large fan following. The Matrix Revolutions ended with the deaths of both Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss) as they succeeded in an attempt to free Zion from the clutches of The Machines, but it has been known as far back as 2019 that the two would reprise their roles. Alongside them will be some new faces in Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus, replacing Laurence Fishburne in the role of Neo’s mentor and friend, with Neil Patrick Harris in an as-yet-confirmed role.
In an interview with EW this week, the co-stars discussed everything from their decades-long friendship that started back in 1990s, their reasons for returning to the franchise, and how it felt to be working alongside one another again. Pictured together, Reeves and Moss don sleek and simple black outfits in front of a backdrop of an abandoned, green-hued room reminiscent of that in which Reeves’ Neo meets Morpheus, Trinity, and the rest of the Nebuchadnezzar’s crew at the start of The Matrix. Check out the photos below:
Among the trailers and posters released so far, much of the plot remains speculative, which is fitting for the Matrix title. However, what viewers have been shown is a deeper delve down the rabbit role, with the most recent Resurrections trailer teasing a meta, movie-in-a-movie twist. Still unknown is how the deaths of Neo and Trinity will be explained, as well as the role Abdul-Mateen II’s younger version of Morpheus will play.
Although the project was initially difficult to get off the ground, it comes as no surprise that Warner Bros. would eventually decide to greenlight the sequel. The cultural relevance that The Matrix still holds today is testament to its longevity and scope for further storytelling. Fans have feverishly discussed the topics and themes explored in the original trilogy, such as gender dysmorphia, surveillance culture, as well as the nature of reality itself, and there is no doubt that The Matrix Resurrections will continue the franchise’s keen eye for social commentary.