Lana Wachowski, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have revealed a few elements of the fourth feature in the iconic franchise.
Lana Wachowski likes to keep it a secret. “Neo and Trinity look very much alive, but their spirits are trapped somewhere in the Matrix, which has become more dangerous.” They have no apparent memory of their past, and yet Neo is haunted. In his dreams and in what he believes to be his day to day life, he sees flashes of what happened in the previous films. “
This is how the screenwriter and director summed up this new feature film, by email, to the American publication “EW”.
Why bring back these characters, now cult popular culture, when at the time, Lilly and Lana Wachowski were only considering a trilogy … resulting in the death of the couple? Every year, Warner Studios asked the sisters if they wanted to look into a new script.
“It never interested me to continue,” said Lana Wachowski during a panel in Berlin last year. Then something very hard happened: both of my parents got sick. Then a friend died. I was in constant mourning. My father died, then this friend, then my mother. I did not know at all how to integrate this bereavement, I had never experienced such a thing. ”
“Then my brain exploded and I got the whole story. I didn’t have my mom and dad anymore … but suddenly I had Neo and Trinity, the two most important characters in my life. It immediately comforted me to bring them back to life. It’s simple and that’s what art does, and that’s what stories do. They comfort us and are important. ”
Neo and Trinity now have Bugs (Jessica Henwick) in their lives, a young woman who sports a white rabbit tattoo. We know that Laurence Fishburne has not been contacted – it is he who said it – to resume his character of Morpheus, now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Jonathan Groff plays the role of a business partner of Thomas Anderson, Neil Patrick Harris of his psychoanalyst, Priyanka Chopra Jonas takes over the role of Sati, a program seen in the third film and we will see Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe.
As in the first “Matrix”, released in 1999 – and whose “bullet-time” effect revolutionized both the film industry and that of video games – action and combat scenes are present. .
Keanu Reeves argued that the stunts weren’t really dangerous for the actors. “When we’re there, it’s not a waterfall.”
“Keanu taught me so much about the deal that exists between two people hitting each other without hurting each other,” said Jonathan Groff of filming action movies. When our fight was over, I felt deeply connected to him in a physical way. ”
For Carrie-Anne Moss, the shooting was not easy. “I had to respect the fact that time had passed, that my body had had three children. But I also loved this challenge. ”
And the last word can only come from Keanu Reeves, aka Neo, when he talks about his confidence in this film, which began shooting in February 2020. “We have an incredible director, a visionary, these extraordinary roles with a script that promotes ideas and thought. An act of faith? We have a lot of faith in this act. ”
“The Matrix: Resurrections” caused a sensation in theaters across the province from December 22.