It’s official: The Matrix 4 is arriving in cinemas on May 21, 2021. The release date was previously set for director Taika Waititi’s live adaption of Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira, which has now been removed from Warner Brothers’ schedule entirely – it’s unclear if it will be rescheduled. The anime remake was reportedly put on indefinite hold back in October to accomodate for the Waititi’s schedule for Marvel Studios’ Thor: Love and Thunder.
While there isn’t much known about the plot of the Wachowski sister’s fourth instalment of The Matrix, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Also involved are actors Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
“Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now,” said Lana Wachowski in a statement. “I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.”
Earlier this year, Lilly Wachowski spoke to Slash Film about a fourth chapter, saying: “I like it when stories go out into the world and then come back to you in different ways. I mean, that’s what storytelling is all about. I’m part of a bigger thing. I don’t have any ownership over stuff like that, so whatever story anybody wants to tell, I can’t wait to hear. I hope it’s better than the original.”