The upcoming fourth Matrix film, ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ has officially been rated R for "violence and some language." ‘The Matrix’, which was released in 1999, was directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and became a massive cultural phenomenon, spawning two sequels. The Wachowski's returned to direct both sequels, ‘The Matrix Reloaded’ and ‘The Matrix Revolutions’, both of which were released in 2003.
Lana Wachowski returns for ‘The Matrix Resurrections’ as producer, director, and co-writer with sister Lilly opting to sit the fourth film out. ‘The Matrix Revolutions’, the most recent film in the franchise, ended with Neo (Keanu Reeves) seemingly sacrificing his life to end the long-running battle between humans and their machine overlords, but Resurrections is being billed as a sequel to the original Matrix film. Reeves returns for Resurrections along with co-star Carrie-Anne Moss, who played his love interest Trinity in the original trilogy. Morpheus returns for Resurrections, albeit a much younger version of the character, which will be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II instead of Laurence Fishburne.
According to a new article, the Motion Picture Association has officially given The Matrix Resurrections an R-rating for "violence and some language." This rating puts the film in line with the previous three ‘Matrix’ movies, which were all also rated R for violence and language, with the second film also featuring a brief sex scene.
Considering the level of violence typically found in the Matrix films, the R rating isn't necessarily a surprise, but it will likely come as a relief to fans of the original trilogy who want to see the franchise's signature action make a return.
‘The Matrix Resurrections’ releases simultaneously in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22 of this year. -Collider