Almost two decades later, Keanu Reeves is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming film The Matrix 4. While franchise actors sometimes stick around due to nostalgia or a fat paycheck, these weren’t Reeves’ reasons to return for the upcoming sequel. In a new interview, he said it was the script’s “wonderful story” that convinced him to join the Warner Bros. reboot.
The 55-year-old actor also suggested The Matrix 4 plot could provide “meaningful” modern-day lessons to fans. “It’s been really special, and the story has, I think, some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from,” said Reeves.
Firm story details for the fourth installment in the Matrix franchise have been kept tightly under wraps. But, as IndieWire notes, there have been rumors brewing “that time travel is involved and somehow a younger iteration of the Morpheus character is involved.”
Either way, Reeves isn’t alone in his praise for the secret storyline, which was co-written by franchise co-creator Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon, and Cloud Atlas novelist David Mitchell. Carrie-Anne Moss, who is also coming back as Trinity, similarly gushed about the script.
“When it was brought to me in the way that it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, ‘This is a gift.’ It was just very exciting,” Moss told Empire.
Although production on the film remains shutdown due to COVID-19, The Matrix 4 is still expected to open in theaters May 21st, 2021. In addition to overseeing the script, Wachowski serves as director; she and sister Lilly split the directing and writing duties for all three films of the Matrix trilogy. Reeves and Moss will be joined by new cast members Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman), Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), and Neil Patrick Harris.
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