In the first Matrix, when audiences were introduced to the notion that most of humanity was existing in a dream simulation crafted by robots to keep us sedated, Neo (Keanu Reeves) is told that the experience deja vu is a technical glitch. The new teaser for Matrix: Resurrections interrogates that idea, blending past and future entries in the franchise with one promise: this isn’t the story you think it is. Well, it wouldn’t really be a Matrix movie if it didn’t feature a some brain-melting philosophy, right?
Reeves is joined by Carrie-Anne Moss and Jada Pinkett Smith, and they’re joined by newcomers like Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (HBO’s Watchmen), Jonathan Goff (Hamilton), Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra and Christina Ricci. Reeves and Moss are the biggest returning stars, but given how topsy-turvy everything is in this franchise, it’s anyone’s guess as to whether they’re playing the same Neo and Trinity we remember from the trilogy, especially since (SPOILERS for a 20-year-old movie ahead) they both died in the finale.
It’s not entirely clear just how meta writer/director Lana Wachowski is going with the latest chapter of Neo’s trip down the rabbit hole, but eagle-eyed viewers who saw the first trailer may have noted that people sure seem to be watching the first Matrix, so we may be going very meta. Will this provide a whole new generation of pastors with fresh allegories for unplugging from the matrix as a salvation story? Will “redpill” types find their internet lingo undermined with a new application of Morpheus’ offer? Stay tuned.