The Matrix 4 is called The Matrix: Resurrections (Picture: Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kobal/REX/Shuttershock)
CinemaCon is delivering the goods, as Warner Bros has revealed its first look at The Matrix 4 – and unveiled its name.
Warner Bros’ reel at the event shared closer looks at The Batman and Dune, as well as footage from upcoming films Malignant, Cry Macho, King Richard and The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark.
However, most notably was the first look at the trailer for the fourth Matrix film, now called The Maxtrix: Resurrections.
Unfortunately it hasn’t been unleashed on the internet for us mere mortals yet, but The Hollywood Reporter published a synopsis of the footage shown.
The trailer shows Thomas Anderson, aka Neo, (Keanu Reeves) talking to his therapist (Neil Patrick Harris) about dreams he had ‘that weren’t just dreams’, showing that he has no memory of what The Matrix is.
He later runs into a woman (Carrie-Anne Moss, who we know to play Trinity) at a coffee shop, and while they don’t remember each other, there seems to be something between them.
Thomas is seen taking blue pills and wondering why everybody in the world is glued to their phone, before he runs into a man (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who gives him a red pill.
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves both feature in the trailer (Picture: Warner Bros/Village Roadshow Pictures/Kobal/REX)
Soon, Thomas sees The Matrix for the fake reality it is and is seen with powers – including the apparent power to control a missile via telekinesis.
The publication notes that Abdul-Mateen II plays a figure similar to Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne in the trilogy, and that scenes in the trailer were reminiscent of the original, including Neo fighting in a dojo and his pre-red pill self in an incubator.
Jeff Goldstein, president of domestic distribution at Warner, said: ‘From the moment I read the script, it absolutely brought back those memories. I was completely floored.’
Lana Wachowksi is back to direct, write and produce the fourth Matrix film, having created the first three films with her sister Lilly.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II offers Thomas a red pill (Picture: Joe Scarnici/FilmMagic)
The first film, The Matrix, was released in 1999 and is considered one of the best sci-fi films ever made.
It is set in a dystopian future where humans are unknowingly trapped inside a simulated reality, with a hacker (Reeves) uncovering the truth and being drawn into a rebellion.
Two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, followed in 2003.
Reeves, Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe), Lambert Wilson (The Merovingian) and Daniel Bernhardt (Agent Johnson) were all confirmed to be returning for Resurrections, while Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris’s roles appear to have been explained in the footage.
Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff, Christina Ricci, Jessica Henwick, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Eréndira Ibarra, Andrew Caldwell, Brian J. Smith and Ellen Hollman have also been cast in undisclosed roles.
The Matrix: Resurrections will be in cinemas on December 22.