Film

The New ‘Matrix: Resurrections’ Teaser Seems To Confirm Some Very Interesting Rumours

Looks like the series is going in a bold new direction.

The Matrix: Resurrections teaser

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The Matrix: Resurrections releases in less than a month — December 26 in Australia — and yet, despite being one of the most hyped films of the year, nobody really knows what it’s about.

So far, even with the release of a full-length trailer, the plot seems blurry and vague. Neo (Keanu Reeves) is back, as is Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss). Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) is not along for the ride — possibly because he was killed in a now defunct open world MMORPG. But how these characters will interact with one another, let alone what their central mission will be, has been left curiously out of the promotional materials.

That is, until now. A new teaser for The Matrix: Resurrections, dropped last night, gives a clearer sense of how the new film is going to interact with the original trilogy.

Titled ‘Deja Vu’, the one-minute clip focuses on nostalgia, with old footage combined with new material in an intoxicating stew of the past, present and future.

The biggest takeaways? Firstly, we have visual confirmation that Jonathan Groff, as predicted, is playing the film’s villain — there’s a shot of him standing in the rain, glaring ominously out of shot. That seems like further confirmation of a rumour that’s been skulking around the internet: namely, that the new film will be a meta take on The Matrix legacy.

According to the guesses of some eagle-eyed internet sleuths, Resurrections will be set in a world where The Matrix films exist, and Keanu Reeves will be playing some version of himself. Groff, according to these rumours, plays Reeves’ “agent”, a piece of wordplay that speaks to his double role as both a theatrical agent, and one of the vicious Agents of the original trilogy.

That guess is even further ratified by the trailer, which contains heavy emphasis on the idea of “storytelling” and all that old footage. Wouldn’t it make sense that this is a tip-off to the idea that the evil machines have further kept us all in bondage by making the reality of our situation — that we are little more than human batteries — into a fantastical movie series, making truth seem outrageous by draping it in the cloak of fiction?

Guess we’ll find out soon. Like, really soon.

Watch the trailer in full here: