Despite Revolutions seeming to be the Wachowskis' final installment of The Matrix films, rumors started emerging about a possible fourth film and the studio constantly expressed interest in reviving the franchise. They hired Zak Penn to write a new screenplay after the Wachowskis refused every offer to create more sequels. In late 2019, a fourth Matrix film was finally announced, with Lana Wachowski returning as director without her sister, and Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity.
Filming started in February 2020 but was stopped due to the developing pandemic, when Wachowski toyed with the possibility of shelving the project and leaving the film unfinished. The cast insisted that she finish it and filming resumed in August 2020, concluding three months later.
The Matrix Resurrections had its world premiere in Toronto, Canada on December 16, 2021 and was theatrically released in Russia on the same day. It will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures theatrically in other countries on December 22, 2021 and in the Gulf on December 23. It will also stream digitally on the ad-free tier of HBO Max in the United States for a month beginning on that same date.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II plays Morpheus, a character which was earlier played by Laurence Fishburne, Neil Patrick Harris is The Analyst, Priyanka Chopra Jonas is Sati, Jada Pinkett Smith reprises her role as Niobe, and Jonathan Groff as a Smith-like character -- fans will remember Hugo Weaving playing Smith in the previous films and he is shown through archival footage in this one, as is Fishburne's Morpheus.