Matrix 4: What happened to the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson)?

The character returns with a beard and shaggy hair in the new video for Resurrections.

The new trailer for Matrix Resurrections just dropped, and it’s well thought out, pairing cult images from early films with plans for the upcoming blockbuster. The mouth of Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves) which welds in the original film is thus replicated to a still unknown character (played by Jonathan Groff), and when Neo puts on his glasses, it is Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) who finishes its movement. A good idea to evoke the continuity between this fourth episode and its predecessors, while playing with different concepts of the saga, such as the feeling of “already seen”, interpreted as a bug in the Matrix, the reprogramming of the latter, and even a double meaning with the project of Lana Wachowski, which resumes with Matrix 4 a concept launched more than 20 years ago to make changes (“Why use old code to create something new?”, we hear at the end of the video).

Matrix 4: What happened to the Merovingian (Lambert Wilson)?
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Within this clever montage, we also see for the first time the Merovingian, back after his appearances in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, released in theaters in 2003. Lambert Wilson had confirmed to have been recalled by the director in February 2020, but without giving any details. What will this powerful character come back to do (and particularly rude), capable of exchanging data with different programs and keeping the master of the keys (Randall Duk Kim) prisoner? Presented as very old in the films (he would have appeared shortly after the Matrix), this information trafficker seemed to play an important role in the functioning of the latter, and this despite the little presence he had on the screen – on the other hand, he was returning to the video game Matrix Online to give missions to gamers. In the Matrix sequels, he was portrayed as refined, a lover of fine wines and beautiful women, but at the same time manipulative, controlling for example the twins (Neil and Adrien Rayment), henchmen with ghost-like looks and powers. as powerful as those of the agents, or even The Man of the train (Bruce Spence), charged to make the connection between the Matrix and the world of the machines.

In this sequel, we immediately see that he has changed a lot, with his tousled hair cut and his long, bushy beard. A new look that obviously evokes big changes for this character, without us understanding the reasons for the moment: what does this physical decline mean? Has he lost his special status within the Matrix? Has he become the new Train Man? His return in Resurrections Does it also involve that of Persephone, his wife played by Monica Bellucci? Presented as a computer program, she is able to feel love (but also jealousy towards her husband and weariness in his existence within the Matrix). Knowing that this theme will be one of the main ones of this sequel (Keanu Reeves tells us about it in First n ° 524, currently on newsstands), its return would also be logical … Note that the appearance of the Merovingian takes up exactly the same decor as in Reloaded, with its green tiles in the background reminiscent of the lines of code in computer programs.

This tiny plan gives rise to many questions. Patience, Matrix 4 will be released on December 22 in theaters.

Excluded – Lana Wachowski: “There was no question of going back into the Matrix to go back”

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