The Matrix franchise has remained popular as time passed, although the first movie was released more than two decades ago, in 1999. A key factor in its success was the interesting cyberpunk setting, which featured a bleak future for humanity.
The creation of self-aware machines was an important step forward for humanity, but also its biggest mistake in the aftermath of a conflict between humans and machines. A war started, and the machines won, capturing mankind and using it as an alternative power source to remain functional.
The Matrix 4 plot and cast
Three Matrix movies were released, establishing Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss as two of the most popular actors in Hollywood. The success of the first movie prompted the release of two sequels that were filmed released in May and November 2003.
It is already clear that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, and they will be joined by solid supporting casts which include: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Priyanka Chopra and Andrew Caldwell. Details about the plot are elusive, but it is inferred that both Neo and Trinity managed to survive the events of The Matrix: Revolutions, which led to peace between humanity and machines.
Rumors about a new movie in the franchise started to float around 2017. Previously the Wachowskis, who directed and wrote the previous Matrix movies, stated that they are no longer interested in the franchise, arguing that Hollywood was already filled with reboots and sequels when more focused should be placed on original content.
Warner Bros announced The Matrix 4 in August 2019, with Lana Wachowski agreeing to return as a sole director, while the return of several cast members was announced in the following months.
The movie will be released on May 21, 2021.