The fourth instalment in the popular sci-fi film franchise The Matrix is titled Matrix 4: Resurrections, studio Warner Bros has announced.

The first footage of the film, fronted by Hollywood star Keanu Reeves, was also unveiled by the studio at a downsized CinemaCon, called “the largest gathering of movie theatre owners from around the world” in Las Vegas.

The trailer is not available for the public to see as of yet.

Lana Wachowski, one half of the Wachowskis siblings who directed the three films in the franchise with sister Lilly, has helmed this new project, having written and directed. Besides Reeves, original trilogy star Carrie-Anne Moss also returns for the fourth instalment. Neil Patrick Harris and Priyanka Chopra Jonas are also featured in the film.

As per the reports, the trailer first shows us Reeves’ character Thomas Anderson, having forgotten of his alter ego and another life as Neo, telling his therapist, played by Neil Patrick Harris, “I had dreams that weren’t just dreams. Am I crazy?”

He has no memory of the Matrix but can’t seem to shake the feeling that something is off with the world. He then runs into a woman, who is Moss, at a coffee shop. They shake hands but neither remembers the other.

Thomas spends his days taking prescription blue pills, and wondering why everyone is glued to their phones, everyone but him.

Thomas has another run in, this time with a mysterious man (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II) who is reminiscent of Morpheus, the freedom fighter played by Laurence Fishburne in the original trilogy. The man hands Thomas a red pill, synonymous with the franchise’s premise, and soon the footage of him with powers, seeing The Matrix for the fake reality that it is, plays out.

CinemaCon also saw closer looks at Warner Bros’ other big-ticket films like The Batman, starring Robert Pattinson, The Sopranos prequel The Many Saints of Newark and King Richard, starring Will Smith, amongst others.

This unveiling at CinemaCon is being viewed as Warner Bros’ attempt to reassure the exhibition industry that the company is still in the game of theatrical releases, after their decision back in December to debut its entire 2021 slate on the same date in theatres and on the WarnerMedia-owned streaming service HBO Max, leaving the industry infuriated.

Under a deal made public earlier this month, Warner Bros will resume giving films an exclusive theatrical window next year, with its 2022 slate going into cinema halls for 45 days. However, the upcoming DC superhero titles Batgirl and Blue Beetle will directly head to HBO Max.

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