Keanu Reeves is in typically dapper form in the first trailer for The Matrix: Salvation. Released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the film is the first installment in the Matrix universe since the adaptation of the book The Animatrix from 2003, and will complete the third and final trilogy. The film stars Reeves as Morpheus, one of the central players from the landmark film and the second most recognizable face from the series.
The film promises an all-new adventure in which Morpheus takes a young Agent Neo (played by The Shins’ singer James Mercer) and a friend to Christmas Island in an attempt to save his niece. But when unanticipated trouble follows them, the Agents are forced to flee in the hope of jumping to a new timeline in the Matrix, which is believed to live on past the Last Reality, the last act of the trilogy.
As Morpheus puts it in the trailer, “We’re here because you were chosen. Your sacrifice saved all our lives. We are coming to save you from what the future holds.”
The second film in the franchise, The Matrix Reloaded, was released in 2003, and the third, The Matrix Revolutions, in 2003. They debuted during a time of turmoil for the film series, following several scandals, including an unauthorized book entitled Matrix Edge: The Complete Handbook, and a claim that the series’ producer Joel Silver ditched film director Lawrence Bender out of frustration that he didn’t succeed with the script. The new film, which also stars Rinko Kikuchi, Carrie-Anne Moss, Doona Bae, and Andy and Lana Wachowski, takes place in the distant future.
The trailer promises a game-changing experience which mixes real-time strategy elements and an all-new game, “The Matrix: Salvation.” There’s no word on whether or not there’s a fourth game in the works as of yet.
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