Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, and… Is that Christina Ricci? How did she find her way here?
Christina Ricci, the Emmy Award-winning performer and former adolescent star known for The Addams Family, Casper, and, most recently, Yellowjackets, will appear in the fourth Matrix film. She plays a minor role—blink and you’ll miss her—and she’ll be one of several dozen new characters presented to Matrix aficionados.
Nonetheless, seeing the erstwhile edgy teen star in this legendary cyberpunk environment is entertaining for youngsters of the ’90s—which, after all, is The Matrix’s core demographic.
Here’s some backstory on the Matrix 4 plot: Neo has returned to the Matrix, this time as Thomas Anderson, a world-famous video game designer. What has been his most popular game so far? The Matrix trilogy. After twenty years, Thomas’s supervisor approaches him and asks him to create the fourth installment of the Matrix trilogy. The Meta-Matrix appears.
In the Matrix Resurrections, Christina Ricci Plays Who?
Ricci makes an early appearance in the film as Gwyn de Vere. Gwyn is the CEO of the game firm where Thomas works. Ironically, Warner Bros. owns that gaming company. Thomas and his creative team meet with Gwyn after being told that he must develop Matrix 4 or risk losing his contract.
“First and foremost, I know I speak for everyone when I say that I am ecstatic to be working on a game that was such a game-changer,” Gwyn says to the group. She then hands them a package including Matrix focus-group research.
“You’ll discover a breakdown inside, including keyword associations,” she exclaims. “The top two are ‘originality’ and ‘fresh,’ which I think are important to remember when you start working on Matrix 4!” And how many more?”
Thomas seemed to be the only one in the room who notices how silly Gwyn sounds when he says it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that filmmaker Lana Wachowski, who co-wrote the film with David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon, is referring to her own experience being asked to make a fourth Matrix picture.
Before The Matrix Resurrections, there were rumors in 2017 that Warner Bros. was going to reboot the series without the Wachowski sisters, who had openly said that they did not want to create another Matrix film. With that in mind, it’s easy to imagine Ricci’s character as one of the numerous studio execs who pressured the Wachowski sisters to continue a franchise they said was over.
What Does the Name Gwyn De Vere Represent?
From Neo to Morpheus, many of the names in The Matrix franchise have symbolic meanings.
Gwyn de Vere’s name isn’t mentioned, but it could be a reference to Guinevere, King Arthur’s queen and wife; the names sound startlingly similar, like Morpheus and Orpheus, for example.
If we want to get into hypotheses, this possible reference to Guinevere could be a means for Lana to acknowledge her suspicion of executives when she was contacted to do The Matrix Resurrections and during the sculpting process.
After all, she has been represented as both a villain and a hero throughout literature.
This is supported by Lana’s admission in an interview that she “never wanted to make another Matrix movie.” However, after the death of her parents, she felt that it would be beneficial, and she has since stated that “creating a story where two individuals came back to life was soothing and consoling.”
So, perhaps she’s implying through the character’s name that Warner Bros. executives’ insistence on her directing another sequel appeared aggravating or awful at first, but turned out to be a blessing in the end.
The Matrix Resurrections is currently in cinemas and available on HBO Max.