Today, WB declared The Matrix 4 will hit theaters on May 21, 2021.
The studio had been holding onto date for Taika Waititi’s live-action Akira adaptation, but together with all the project on indefinite hold for the time being (while Waititi goes to guide Thor: Love & Thunder first), they have decided to hand its place on to the new Matrix sequel rather.
It is also the exact same day Reeves is set to make his return as the”Baba Yaga” at Lionsgate’s John Wick 4, since it happens.
The studio settled to a Matrix movie and left the news official a few months back. Both Reeves and Moss will reprise their respective roles in this new chapter (despite Neo and Trinity’s deaths during Revolutions), with The Matrix co-creator Lana Wachowski directing solo by a screenplay she co-wrote.
There’ve been casting updates since then ahead of the start of production in 2020, but now the film has a launch date. Whatever happens, it’ll be interesting to see how The Matrix 4 plays in theatres.
The film has assembled a great cast around Reeves and Moss that includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, and Toby Onwumere, along with Jada Pinkett-Smith (who is back as Niobe), Aquaman and Watchmen’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (that may or may not be playing younger Morpheus), and Iron Fist’s Jessica Henwick – who, rumor has it, is now playing with a brand new incarnation of”The One”.
And together with Wachowski having come out as transgender and proceeded to refine her examination of themes about development and transformation together with visually-dazzling work like Sense and, yes, Jupiter Ascending since Revolutions was published, it’ll be intriguing to see what new ideas she’s come up for The Matrix 4 in this point.
Fingers crossed, the sequel will meet its potential and deliver an experience that really resonates with audiences in 2021.
It stands to reason The Matrix 4 or John Wick 4 will soon alter release dates at some point within the next couple years, if just because pitting two Keanu Reeves action film sequels (both of which are expected to be Rated R, no less) seems like a bad thought that would hurt both films.
Between Lionsgate and WB, the latter has a fairly packed slate for the rest of Summer 2021, together with The Batman, Space Jam 2, and The Suicide Squad scheduled to start June, July, and August.
By comparison, John Wick 4 is the sole major Summer 2021 name Lionsgate has scheduled so it would be far simpler for them to change it around.
They might even delay it by as little as two weeks to June 4, where it would serve as counter-programming into WB’s Sesame Street musical and Paramount’s Micronauts (both of which will gear younger than the John Wick sequel). Warner Bros. has officially declared a 2021 launch date for its as-yet untitled The Matrix 4.
The original Matrix trilogy reasoned with 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions, apparently bringing the story of Neo (Keanu Reeves), Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), and their battle to free humanity from the machines into a finish with it.
Nevertheless, WB has been working to revive the land on the screen, be it using a continuation or even reboot.