Keanu Reeves Talks Returning as Neo for Fourth ‘Matrix’ Movie

by Allison Hambrick
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss speak onscreen during The Game Awards 2021 at Microsoft Theater on December 09, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

The Matrix Resurrections star and resident internet boyfriend Keanu Reeves discussed his return as Neo in the latest film in the franchise.

“When the director asked me what I thought about doing another Matrix film I said ‘What? That sounds amazing but I’m dead,'” Reeves told talk show host Graham Norton. “She was like, ‘Are you?’ and I said, ‘Do tell!’ She wrote a beautiful story, and I love playing the character. How I am alive will all be explained.'”

In addition to Reeves, female lead Carrie-Anne Moss will be returning to the Matrix as Trinity. Joining Reeves and Moss are Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt. New cast members include Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jessica Henwick. Not returning to the series are Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus and Hugo Weaving as Agent Smith.

As of yet, little has been revealed about The Matrix Resurrections. In the trailer, Neo, as Thomas Anderson, is seen going to therapy with Harris’s character. To counteract mysterious visions, he is prescribed the infamous blue pills, which help keep him in ignorance. Even so, Neo finds himself questioning the world around him. Though we do not yet know how, this leads him to Bugs, a clear nod to the “White Rabbit” of the original film, who then leads him to Morpheus. This Morpheus, played by Mateen, then poses the famous “red pill blue pill” question.

Interestingly, Trinity and Neo appear not to remember each other in the trailer. Both are living separate lives in what is presumably another iteration of the Matrix. However, when Neo does interact with her, she appears to glitch multiple times.

The Matrix is a Love Story?

What this means for the film as well as the franchise remains to be seen. However, Reeves has stated that the love story is central to The Matrix Resurrections.

“Certainly, the depth of why this film got made is the sense of it being a love story between Trinity and Neo,” Reeves explained. The actor said he actually stood while director Lana Wachowski explained the concept to him over the phone.

However, Reeves wasn’t the only actor affected by the love story of The Matrix Resurrections.

Actor Jonathan Groff describes crying over the script. To him, the “idea of watching these two iconic actors in these two iconic parts coming back and fighting to have their love again just wrecked [him].”

In spite of its emotional story, Reeves is hopeful that fans will enjoy The Matrix Resurrections. The actor described the film as “super smart, clever, entertaining, suspenseful, and funny.” His experience working on the film was nothing short of “extraordinary.”

Directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters on Dec. 22.