The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 are opening on the same day. So Keanu Reeves has begun his training for both sequels as seen in a new Instagram post from Taran Tactical Innovations. In the image, an armed Keanu can be seen with the photo's caption reading, "I'm thinking he's back - chapter 4. Keanu starting his training for John Wick 4 & Matrix 4." After shaving his beard for Bill & Ted Face the Music, Keanu also seems to be getting back into John Wick mode by growing back the character's familiar facial hair. You can take a look at the Instagram post below.
Currently untitled and typically referred to simply as The Matrix 4, the fourth Matrix movie will be the first in the series since the third installment was released in 2003. Alongside Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their franchise roles, the movie will also star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, and Toby Onwumere. Reloaded and Revolutions star Jada Pinkett Smith is also reportedly in talks to reprise her role as Niobe. Lana Wachowski is directing in addition to producing and co-writing the screenplay with David Mitchell and Aleksander Hemon. Details on its story haven't yet been revealed.
As for John Wick, the popular action movie series will see its fourth installment in 2021 with Reeves back in the titular role. As John Wick in the original movie, Reeves plays a retired hitman who turns to bloody vengeance following the killing of his pet dog, which has been given to him by his deceased wife. Two sequels have since been released, with John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum hitting theaters earlier this year. That same week, it was also confirmed that a fourth movie had entered development to bring John Wick back for another adventure. Plot details on John Wick 4 aren't yet clear, but we can expect the body count to be very, very high.
What's also curious is how both of these major sequels are currently set to be released on the exact same day: May 21, 2021. This would mean Keanu Reeves would basically be competing with himself at the box office, with each movie likely to bring in tremendous profits. For big fans of the actor, there's no question about seeing both movies, it's just a matter of choosing which one to watch first. As this release date is still a bit far away, there's still a good chance one of these movies could have its release date pushed back for moved forward, and we may or may not actually see Keanu vs. Keanu on the big screen when the time comes.
In the meantime, we can look forward to Reeves reprising another one of his most famous roles. We got a first look at Bill & Ted 3 yesterday. Officially titled Bill & Ted Face the Music, this sequel premieres in theaters on Aug. 21, 2020. That movie will be the third installment of the Bill & Ted series, reuniting Reeves with Alex Winter. News of Reeves' Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 training comes to us from Taran Tactical Innovations on YouTube.