Some fans will be disheartened to see that The Matrix franchise has lost some stars in this fourth installment.
Nevertheless, it has undoubtedly gained some too.
It’s been 18 long years since audiences were invited to witness the conclusion of an iconic trilogy with The Matrix Revolutions. Despite hopes for more, it looked like the franchise had come to a close.
However, the aptly titled The Matrix Resurrections was announced at long last. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss were confirmed, although Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) and Hugo Weaving (Agent Smith) are absent this time around.
Filling the void, on the other hand, is a selection of new talent which includes Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, and even Christina Ricci.
But, who exactly is Christina Ricci in The Matrix Resurrections?
WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS
Who is Christina Ricci in The Matrix Resurrections?
The 41-year-old American actress plays the character of Gwyn de Vere.
Diving into the film, we are reacquainted with Thomas Anderson (Keanu) and led to believe that he is one of the world’s most celebrated games designers.
The events of the Matrix trilogy are said to be the narrative of a game trilogy that he created, although it’s later revealed that this isn’t the case at all.
Gwyn de Vere is a head executive at the company where he works and she is essentially used to convey just how meta this installment of the Matrix franchise will be. She briefs the team about the assignment to make a fourth Matrix game, which likely comments on director Lana Wachowski’s own experience.
In fact, the gaming company is even owned by Warner Bros.
“First of all, I know that I speak for everyone when I say that I am so, so excited to be working on a game that was such a, well, game-changer,” Gwyn explains as she hands the team a collection of papers.
“Inside, you’ll find a breakdown, including keyword associations. The top two being ‘originality’ and ‘fresh,’ which I think are great things to keep in mind as you begin working on Matrix 4! And who knows how many more?”
“An inexcusable lack of Christina Ricci”
Some were shocked to see Christina aboard a Matrix movie and were quick to share their reactions over on Twitter.
It’s obvious that fans wanted more!
Check out a selection of tweets:
What does the Gwyn de Vere name mean?
Many of the names in The Matrix franchise carry connotations, from Neo to Morpheus.
Gwyn de Vere’s isn’t explicitly addressed, but one could argue that it may be a reference to Guinevere, the queen and wife of King Arthur; the names sound strikingly similar, just like Morpheus and Orpheus, for example.
If we want to dive into theories, perhaps this potential reference to Guinevere was a way to acknowledge Lana’s skepticism of executives when being approached to make and during the process of sculpting The Matrix Resurrections.
After all, she is a character who has been portrayed as both villainous and virtuous throughout literature.
This is arguably reinforced by an interview Lana did in which she admitted she “didn’t ever want to make another Matrix movie.” However, she decided after losing her parents that it may help and has since revealed that “inventing a story where two people come back to life was healing and comforting.”
So, maybe she is suggesting through the character’s name that the persistence of Warner Bros. authorities for her to helm another sequel seemed irritating or bad at first but ultimately ended up being a blessing.
The Matrix Resurrections is now in theaters and on HBO Max.