The first trailer for The Matrix Resurrections gives us our first look at Yahya Abdul-Mateen II acting opposite Keanu Reeves.
The trailer shows Abdul-Mateen looking exactly like Morpheus and interacting with Neo (Reeves) like Morpheus did in the original franchise, such as training with Neo in a dojo. Abdul-Mateen’s role is still unnamed, so it’s not yet confirmed if he is, in fact, playing the role made famous by Lawrence Fishburne.
However, as Shadow and Act reported in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter’s sources believe that Abdul-Mateen could be playing a younger version of Morpheus. That idea makes sense given the scenes included in the trailer.
The Matrix Resurrections is directed by Lana Wachowski and is based on characters by The Wachowskis. Wachowski also wrote the screenplay with David Mitchell and Aleksander Hermon. Details about the plot aren’t known, but as the trailer shows, Neo has lived a life outside of the Matrix and is compelled to return to the place where he was known as “The One.”
The film’s cast also includes Carrie-Anne Moss reprising her role as Trinity, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt, Brian J. Smith, and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The film will come to theaters and HBO Max Dec. 22.
Watch the trailer below: