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Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in The Matrix (1999)
Carrie-Anne Moss and Keanu Reeves in The Matrix (1999)

Has The Matrix 4’s official title been leaked?

Warner Bros has responded to rumours surrounding the fourth instalment of the franchise, slated for release in December 2021

With the fourth instalment of The Matrix franchise well underway, the rumour mill is churning hard. Fans have been continually speculating over the title of the next film.

We don’t know what the actual film will be called, but some have suggested The Matrix Resurrections, after a make-up artist on set posted a (now-deleted) image of a gift she received along with a note that addressed the movie by that title.

Now, Warner Bros has responded to these rumours, telling ScreenRant that the movie is currently untitled. Still, The Matrix Resurrections seems like a fitting name, given the new film sees the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss’ Neo and Trinity, who both died in the third instalment. 

Currently, there isn’t a lot known about the story of The Matrix 4, meaning that it’s hard to generate concrete theories on how Neo and Trinity are returning. However, Reeves previously revealed that the film will take place after The Matrix Revolutions, confirming that they won't return due to a prequel setting.

The Matrix 4 filming was interrupted in March due to coronavirus, but was able to continue in August. Slated for release in December 2021, behind-the-scenes footage emerged in February, as Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss were spotted filming in San Francisco.

In the summer, writer and director Lilly Wachowski confirmed that The Matrix movies are an allegory for the trans experience. Both Lilly and Lana came out as trans after the first three films were released, with fans subsequently speculating whether the journey of the protagonist was a metaphor for gender transition.

“I’m glad people are talking about The Matrix movies with a trans narrative,” Lilly said, “and I’m grateful I can be a part of throwing them a rope along their journey. I’m glad that it has gotten out that that was the original intention. The world wasn’t quite ready for it. The corporate world wasn’t ready for it.”