In an interview with Weekly entertainment, the 57-year-old man Matrix resurrections star compared the original Matrix trilogy to the next film.
« [Wachowski was] more behind the monitor “but” still practical, “he said of the original films. But with the Resurrections, “ [she was] participating more in the movement of the camera, and more interested in doing than repeating.
He confessed that during the filming of Matrix Resurrections, they “barely rehearsed, if at all.”
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Matrix Resurrections sees Keanu Reeves return as Thomas ‘Neo’ Anderson – the techno-messiah from the original Matrix trilogy who looks a bit worse to wear this time around.
“In a world of two realities – everyday life and what lies behind – Thomas Anderson will have to choose to follow the White Rabbit once more”, it reads the official summary. “Choice, while an illusion, remains the only way to get in or out of The Matrix, which is stronger, safer and more dangerous than ever. “
The Matrix certainly feels a lot different in its current iteration, with Morpheus (famously played by Laurence Fishburne) now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, while other original characters such as Trinity and Niobe see the return of their original actors.
This has led some to speculate that the Morpheus we see in the teasers is actually a new take on the iconic character – rebuilt by machines.
But despite an impressive trailer, little is known about Matrix Resurrections.
Director Lana Wachowski is keen on it being so, saying only that “the power of technology to trap or limit our subjective reality” plays an “important part of the new narrative” in the upcoming film.
“Art is a mirror,” Wachowski said. “Most will prefer to look at the surface, but there will be people like me who appreciate what is behind the mirror. I made this film for them.
Matrix Resurrections will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.
Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow it on Twitter.