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Keanu Reeves Shares An Eye-Opening Detail About The Matrix 4

Fans anxiously awaiting the as-yet untitled Matrix 4 can expect thrills, action ... and a little romance.

Star Keanu Reeves recently stopped by BBC's The One Show with his buddy Alex Winter to promote the pair's recent hit Bill & Ted Face the Music, and while the show's hosts had him, they couldn't resist asking a question or two about the upcoming four-quel. Reeves teased that the flick will have a little something for everyone, while singing the praises of the creative mind behind it. "We have a wonderful writer and director, Lana Wachowski, and she's really written a beautiful, beautiful script," Reeves said. "[It's] a love story, it's inspiring, it's another version of a kind of call to wake up. [It has] some great action, and all will be revealed."

Since we know that Carrie-Anne Moss will be returning to reprise the role of Trinity in the film, it makes a certain amount of sense that the story would focus on the relationship between that character and Reeves' Neo. It was apparently Trinity's love for Neo that brought him back from the brink of death in the first movie, but their feelings for each other were decidedly played down during the events of the sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions

Of course, the latter film ended with Trinity and Neo both apparently dead, and the Matrix rebooted into its seventh iteration. This has prompted speculation over whether Matrix 4 takes place after the events of the original trilogy, or before. Could Reeves and Moss be appearing as their younger selves, making use of that digital de-aging tech that's all the rage these days? According to Reeves, the answer is a resounding "no" — or rather, several of them.

Keanu Reeves also confirmed that The Matrix 4 won't be a prequel

One of The One Show's hosts asked Reeves directly whether The Matrix 4 would be a prequel, prompting Reeves to shake his shaggy mane in negation. "No, no, no, no, no," he exclaimed. "No going back." This also makes a fair amount of sense, since we learned in Reloaded that Neo, "The One," is actually a program, a failsafe meant to prevent the fatal system error that has doomed every previous iteration of the Matrix (an error cause by — what else? — free will). Each previous version of the Matrix has contained its own version of Neo, so it seems only right that the latest one would, as well.

This raises the question of whether Neo will even remember the events of the previous movies in Matrix 4; after all, his previous iteration didn't remember any of the prior ones, so why should the new one? If he doesn't, then it could give Neo and Trinity the opportunity to fall in love all over again, which could be pretty satisfying, since the ending of the original trilogy didn't exactly give the couple a strong sense of closure. 

At any rate, these were the only Matrix 4 details that The One Show was able to squeeze out of Reeves, and everyone somehow made it through the entire segment without remarking on the coincidental nature of the show's name, which could double as the title of an in-universe talk show hosted by Neo himself. Up next: Agent Smith, who will be discussing his "humans are a virus" theory, and the Oracle, who will be answering every question before it's asked.