The news that The Matrix 4 was happening was certainly a shock to many fans. The trilogy of films starring Keanu Reeves had a pretty definitive ending, and so, as popular as they were no sequel was expected. Certainly, there was a feeling that, if we ever went back to The Matrix it would be in the form of a spinoff or reboot or some sort of story that took the concepts of the original films forward will all new characters. And so what's even more surprising than the fact that we're getting a Matrix 4 at all is the fact that the film really is a direct sequel, and it will star Keanu Reeves and everything.
This is an interesting fact, of course, because Keanu Reeves' character in the films, along with that of his co-star Carrie-Anne Moss, were dead at the end of the movies, and yet they'll both be back for The Matrix 4. Gina Torres, however, who played the role of Cas in the two sequels, survived the movies, and yet as far as we know she won't be returning. The Firefly and Suits actress does find it interesting that the characters who lived aren't the ones coming back. The actress tells Variety...
If Gina Torres is maybe a little frustrated that a new Matrix movie is happening without her, I'm not sure anybody could blame her. She's not the only person who would like to be part of the new movie who apparently will not be. Having said that, Torres' comments here mirror those of a lot of people. Exactly what the story of The Matrix 4 will even be, and how these deceased characters will factor into it, is a big question. One has to assume that the fact that these characters died but will somehow be back will be important to the story overall.
There is one character who survived the Matrix trilogy who is also expected to be back for The Matrix 4. Jada Pinkett Smith's Niobe is reported to be returning as well. If anything, the fact that there will be both living and dead returning characters makes things with The Matrix 4 that much more confusing. If only dead characters were coming back, then that in itself could mean something. The Matrix 4 is set for release this December, which means we could see a trailer as soon as this summer. Maybe then, all these questions will get some answers.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.