MATRIX fans around the world can't contain their excitement at news the film franchise is making a FOURTH movie.
And fans won't even have to dash to the cinemas to watch the new release, since Warner Bros has announced all their films will stream on HBO Max on the same day as they're released in cinemas.
When will Matrix 4 be released?
Matrix 4 will release on December 22, 2021.
The movie will release in cinemas on that date, and will also be streamed on HBO Max on the same day, in a groundbreaking move for cinema.
The hit franchise has grossed a combined $1.6billion at the box office and fans have been clamouring for another film for years.
The original film was released 20 years ago and told the story of Neo and his discovery that humanity was trapped in a simulated reality.
It proved a major hit and spawned two sequels – The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
Who will be starring in Matrix 4?
The full cast is yet to be revealed, but we do know TWO major characters will be back.
The film wouldn't be the same without Keanu Reeves who has been confirmed to return as Neo.
Carrie-Ann Moss is also returning as Trinity and writer Lana Wachowski is delighted to be working with the original cast members again.
She said: "Many of the ideas Lilly (Lana's sister) and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends."
What will happen in Matrix 4?
It's not yet known what the plot of the film will be.
Lana Wachowski — the Chicago-based co-creator of the record-breaking and reality-bending world of The Matrix — is set to write, direct and produce the new film.
“I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said in a release.
While there is plenty of excitement to see where Wachowski will take the franchise, some fans have expressed reservations after the third film was neatly wrapped up with both Trintiy and Neo dying.
What have fans said about Matrix 4?
Fans can't wait for the new movie to hit cinemas.
One wrote on Twitter: “The Matrix 4 huh? I’ve only wanted a sequel to that franchise since I was 12.”
Another tweeted posted: “The Matrix is back … Woooo I never really understood the others anyway#KeanuReeves.”
While this one said: "Cant believe this is happening. Remember the mind blowing special effects back in 1999 imagine what they will do this time around. Cannot wait #Matrix4"
How can I watch Matrix 4 when it's released?
HBO Max is not yet available in the UK, so British viewers will have to head to the cinemas to watch Matrix 4.
For US viewers wanting to watch Matrix 4 from home, the easiest way to get HBO Max is to sign up for it directly at hbomax.com.
The streaming platform costs $15 a month.
The move is part of Warner Bros collaboration with HBO Max, which will see all of its 2021 films streamed online on the same day they hit cinemas.
Other films which will be affected include Godzilla vs Kong, Mortal Kombat, and musical In The Heights.
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