Welcome to The Matrix…it’s only been 18 years since we’ve last seen Neo and his counterparts and the Wachowski siblings are once again inviting us to chose between the red and blue pills.
Early Tuesday morning, Warner Bros launched WhatIsTheMatrix.com, an interactive fan website dedicated to the upcoming The Matrix Resurrections film. Upon entry to the site unsers are I voted to chose between the red pill, which initially freed Neo for the Matrix, or blue, which would keep the user inside the fabricated reality. Which pill you choose and what time of day you’re using the website will determine which teaser video you get to see.
One teaser features the return of Reeves to the acclaimed sci-fi role while the voice of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II says, “This is the moment for you to show us what is real. Right now you believe it’s…” stating the time the user accessed the site “…but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Could be this is the first day of the rest of your life, but if you want it, you gotta fight for it.”
A voice eerily similar to that of Agent Smith in a separate teaser on the fan site asks, “Do you remember how you got here? You’ve lost your capacity to discern reality from fiction. What’s real is here and now.” After mentioning the time on the clock and continues, “Anything else is just your mind playing tricks on you. It becomes a problem when fantasies endanger us. We don’t want anyone to get hurt, do we?”
Each of the 180,000 video variations feature footage from The Matrix Resurrections and narration from the movie’s cast. These include looks at characters played by Abdul-Mateen, Jessica Henwick brandishing a gun with short blue hair, Jonathan Groff with his mouth melting shut (a nod to the first movie), and a glowing image of Neo reuniting with Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity.
Other cast members include Jada Pinkett Smith returning as Niobe, Christina Ricci, Priyanka Chopra and Neil Patrick Harris.
The first full trailer is set to drop this Thursday while The Matrix Resurrections will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously starting December 22. For now, what pill will you choose at WhatIsTheMatrix.com?