The latest (and possibly final) trailer for The Matrix Resurrections revealed a surprising amount regarding several of the many of the intriguing details surrounding the action sci-fi sequel. If you decided not to watch the trailer, then look away now as SPOILERS are inbound. One such detail that looks to have been revealed is Mindhunter star Jonathan Groff’s role in proceedings, with the footage confirming what many had suspected for some time: Jonathan Groff will play a rebooted version of Neo’s archenemy, Agent Smith.
The newly released trailer further unveils The Matrix Resurrections’ peculiar relationship with the original trilogy, and while many of the mysteries remain intact, the trailer does reveal that at least part of the storyline will concern the idea of déjà vu and history repeating itself. Shots of Hugo Weaving’s superbly hammy villain are interlaced with shots of Groff’s character who, much like his predecessor, revels in saying the words “Mister Anderson” as menacingly as possible.
If the footage was not already enough to convince you of Groff’s role as the new Agent Smith, the official character description of Groff’s character offers further clues, describing him as “Thomas Anderson’s business partner, a slick, confident corporate type with insouciant charm, a disarming smile and an eye on the bottom line — everything Mr. Anderson is not.” The idea that he is “everything Mr. Anderson is not” is the biggest hint at Groff’s villainous role, with Neo and Agent Smith often portrayed as polar opposites and thus mortal enemies.
Groff playing Agent Smith also tracks with earlier reports claiming that director Lana Wachowski had originally planned to bring back Hugo Weaving, with the actor even participating in readings with co-stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. “Lana Wachowski had rung me at the beginning of last year,” Weaving revealed. “We’ve worked together five times, the Wachowski’s and I on three Matrix films, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas. I’ve hung out with them all over the world for many, many years. So, yes, Lana was very keen for me to be involved in The Matrix. There was a reading with Keanu, Carrie and myself and a few others from the old family.”
Unfortunately, Weaving was forced to pull out of starring in The Matrix Resurrections due to a scheduling conflict, leaving Wachowski with a missing villain. It makes sense then that, much like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s role as a younger Morpheus, Agent Smith would receive a similar treatment, with a younger actor stepping in to continue the legacy of Agent Smith and once again make Neo’s search for the truth even more difficult. Making The Matrix Resurrections’ version of Agent Smith Thomas Anderson’s business partner is sure to add a whole new dynamic to the warring pair’s relationship, as Groff’s character and Keanu Reeves’ Neo slowly come to realize their shared past before engaging in kung fu combat all over again.
Produced, co-written, and directed by Lana Wachowski, The Matrix Resurrections stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, each of whom will reprise their roles from previous movies in the series. They will be joined by a host of new characters, including Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, and Christina Ricci. The Matrix Resurrections is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures theatrically on December 22, 2021. The movie will also stream digitally on HBO Max in the United States for a month beginning on that same date. You can watch the new trailer for yourself courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.
The Matrix Resurrections has officially been rated R for violence and language.
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