As the news of a fourth Matrix movie started to break, the world rejoiced that Neo, Trinity, and Morpheus would be returning. With new, mysterious co-stars and fresh incarnations for some of the returning figures, it’s enough to make fans of the original trilogy go “whoa.” Buckle up friends, because Keanu Reeves looks sage with long hair in this fun new Matrix Resurrections poster
Released into the world by Warner Bros., both in poster form and as the official site’s background, is a gorgeous new look at the third sequel to The Wachowskis’ groundbreaking saga. It’s an image that sees Reeves standing alongside fellow returning Matrix vet Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as newcomers like Jessica Henwick and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. However, as you see for yourself just why this poster is absolutely beautiful to behold, you’re probably going to wish they still released wallpapers of the official art:
“Sage” is a great starting point for describing Keanu Reeves’ look on this poster. The Matrix Resurrections is supposed to see a rebooted Neo out and about in the world, so it makes sense that he wouldn’t look exactly the same. A longer hair and beard lends to the wisened quality to the return of the Thomas Anderson persona, while also invoking those John Wick feelings that Mr. Reeves naturally brings to the table.
One detail that sticks out rather notably is the fact that despite handling guns, and lots of them, throughout The Matrix trilogy, Neo/Mr. Anderson is one of the only people without one on the poster. Merely holding out his hand, it’s obvious that he’s going to use those awesome mental powers we’ve seen in the past, as well as in the question-packed trailer we saw not too long ago. Maybe this time out, Neo’s not trying to fight back, so much as he’s trying to defend and protect himself and others. If you watch the trailer again, you’ll even see that Keanu Reeves is seemingly gunless throughout its footage:
Perhaps The Matrix Resurrections will see Neo being the more sage mentor, and Morpheus the action heavy student. Whatever happens, a new enlightenment is on the way, thanks to the dedication of the cast, as well as co-writer/director Lana Wachowski, to making sure this fourth chapter would make it to the finish line. The good news is, that line is about to be crossed sooner than you think.
Prepare to jack into where it all began, as The Matrix Resurrections returns to the source, in theaters and HBO Max, on December 21st. No matter how you choose to enjoy, you’ll get to see Keanu Reeves and his special moment with a rubber duck, so long as it’s within the first 30 days of theatrical release. Which means it’s the perfect moment to make sure nothing is crowding your movie watching list on that weekend, through the magic of the 2021 release schedule.
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