Major Character is back… sort of… in international Matrix trailer

(Neo and Trinity are back)

We are only 15 days away from re-entering The Matrix, when Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix: Resurrections opens in theaters and on HBO Max.

Now, Warner Bros has released the second (and probably final) trailer as well as an international one for the film which is still fairly shrouded in secrecy.

In the new trailer for The Matrix Resurrections, we see Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are joined by a familiar character, but not how you think. Agent Smith, who was brilliantly brought to life by Hugo Weaving, is back. Sort of.

Actor Jonathan Groff (Hamilton) seems to be picking up where Weaving left off as he has all of Smith’s mannerisms and even his cadence is similar. Weaving made it clear a while back that he would not be appearing in the new Matrix.

There’s a lot of new mind-bending, action-packed footage to take in, but it’s all still pretty random action shots, not really giving us a clue as to how Neo and Trinity are back, as they both died at the end of The Matrix: Revolutions. But Neo is definitely going through something and begins to remember… Watch below:

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Lana Wachowski directed The Matrix: Resurrections from a screenplay by Wachowski & David Mitchell & Aleksander Hemon, based on characters created by The Wachowskis. The film was produced by James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski and Grant Hill. The executive producers were Garrett Grant, Terry Needham, Michael Salven, Karin Wachowski, Jesse Ehrman and Bruce Berman.

Wachowski’s creative team behind the scenes included Sense8 collaborators: directors of photography Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll, production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole, editor Joseph Jett Sally, costume designer Lindsay Pugh, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, and composers Johnny Klimek and Tom Tykwer.

Other Matrix returnees include Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian, and Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson. Also joining the cast will be Andrew Caldwell, Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen Hollman, Eréndira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Christina Ricci, Max Riemelt, and Brian J. Smith.

The Matrix Resurrections will be released in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on December 22.

The Geek is a working screenwriter, director and screenwriting instructor.