Keanu Reeves’ return to the screen as Neo in the latest installment of “The Matrix” saga is not a hard pill to swallow.
In fact, fans online were in a frenzy after the official trailer for “The Matrix Resurrections,” which dropped Thursday morning — and racked up more than 2.2. million views within an hour.
“I was wary of a new Matrix film — but after watching this trailer I am all in,” tweeted fan Joe Crann, pretty much summing up the positive reaction of the viral masses.
Now, 18 years after the third “Matrix” film, the whole gang is back together. Well, almost — but more on that later.
Titled “The Matrix Resurrections” — which was revealed at 2021 CinemaCon — the movie follows many of the iconic characters from the previous movies.
The film’s “plot is currently unknown,” according to the film’s official IMDB page. However, the new promo clip features signature scenes of Wachowski-helmed action, soundtracked by the propulsive beat — and “FEED YOUR HEAD!” refrain — of Jefferson Airplane’s trippy, acid-dipped 1967 hit “White Rabbit.”
Reeves, 57, is joined by returning leading lady Carrie-Anne Moss, 54, once again playing Trinity, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, 35, of the current smash hit “Candyman,” in a role that’s still under wraps.
The star-studded cast is also comprised of Daniel Bernhardt, Priyanka Chopra-Jonas, Jada Pinkett Smith, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff and Jessica Henwick.
But Laurence Fishburne will not be returning as Morpheus, telling New York Magazine he was not invited to return on-screen.
“Maybe that will make me write another play,” the 60-year-old actor said in an interview for Vulture. “I’m looking for the blessing in that. I wish them well. I hope it’s great.”
Meanwhile, fellow original co-star Hugo Weaving, 61, is also out as the villainous Agent Smith, citing “scheduling issues.”
Lana Wachowski, who directed the “The Matrix” and its sequels, is back on set, too, as the writer and director of the fourth “Matrix” film.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Toby Emmerich, the chairman of Warner Bros. Picture Group, in an announcement. “Lana is a true visionary—a singular and original creative filmmaker—and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe.”
It is set to be released in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec. 22 this year, giving fans about three months to get excited for its premiere.
“I’ve got extremely high hopes for this,” wrote one Twitter user.
While the plot still remains a mystery, the trailer is action-packed and eerie, and pays homage to the prequels that came before it, with a cast both old and new.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. dropped a trailer teaser on an interactive website made just for the franchise, giving fans a taste of the film before its official trailer dropped today.
The fansite, which allowed users to choose a pill, would determine which teaser clip they viewed based on the time of day they accessed the site.
Despite knowing the official trailer and movie were coming, fans’ eagerness to jump back into the Matrix with Reeves and the rest of the cast reemerged.
“After all these years, to be going back to where it all started,” says Groff’s character at the end of the trailer, “back to the Matrix.”