On Jada Pinkett Smith’s news that won’t prompt you to sign a petition to keep her from talking about her sex life, the actor shows off a bold new look in the latest Resurrection Matrix trailer.
Directed by Lana Wachowski, the fourth installment of the blockbuster franchise hits theaters and HBO Max later this month, with familiar faces like Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, as well as an all-new cast, presumably for the mind (and spoon) … ) flexible adventure.
We got a glimpse of Reeves and Moss in the first trailer released earlier this year. But Pinkett Smith’s involvement is shrouded in mystery.
The new Resurrection trailer, which arrived on Monday, gives us a better hint. The 50-year-old star repeats her character Niobe in the film, but this time she is almost unrecognizable: her makeup and dentures make her much older.
“It’s so easy to forget how much noise The Matrix throws into your head,” she says to Neo Reeves, who doesn’t seem to remember the events of the last three films. “Something else is making the same noise: war.”
Pinkett Smith starred in the second and third films in The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions as a Zion rebel fighter who quickly became a fan favorite. She later appeared as one of the main characters in the hugely popular Enter the Matrix game.
The rest of Monday’s Matrix Resurrections trailer also leans heavily on déjà vu.
The voiceover teases how people are trapped in “weird repetitive loops” when flashing scenes from the first three films are interspersed with footage from the new sequel. Of particular note are rookies Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Jonathan Groff, who appear to be playing younger versions of Morpheus and Agent Smith, respectively.
Pinkett Smith recently thought about her history with the Matrix franchise, which began when she and her husband, Will Smith, were asked to play Neo and Trinity, roles that were ultimately played by Reeves and Moss.
“I remember getting the storyboards when they wanted Will to play Neo,” the Red Table Talk host told Entertainment Weekly. “I thought, ‘God, this is really a revolution.’ It looks like a Japanese anime [but in] live action. ‘ This has never been done before. “
“I’m a big fan of Japanese animation, so I’ve been with them ever since,” she continued. “When I was called to play Niobe, I didn’t have to read anything. I was in.”
The Resurrection Matrix will hit theaters and HBO Max on December 22nd. Check out the new trailer below.