As well, the ET website has now updated their Matrix article and included two new video clips with Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fishburne. Reeves discusses his thoughts on the sequel's greater complexity of fight sequences while Fishburne talks about the movie's storyline and reveals a previously unknown plot point about Reloaded. We're classifying the spoiler material that Fishburne says with a minor grade (swipe to reveal:) by the time the second film opens, approximately six months have passed since the events at the end of the first Matrix film. Morpheus and his team of rebels have succeeded in freeing a number of former "plugged in" humans and removing them from the Matrix. [Originally appeared on the Entertainment Tonight website.]
If that doesn't do it for you, we've also got this summary of the ET footage from a reader: "Well, I'm writing this as the show is just starting -- a lot of bullshit will air before the Matrix, but I might as well give you a blow by blow....
"There was a scene -- I didn't get what they were saying during the preview -- that was shown in a brief glimpse, which had neo fighting someone who resembled himself a bit, and the scene looked like this fight was going on in a mansion. There were people that looked like agents involved with this scene - including someone that resembled Hugo Weaving (which I could not confirm if it was him or a stunt man or an extra).
"Neo (Keanu Reeves) did an awesome wire assisted back flip while he was battling bad guys (I'm assuming Smith). I couldn't get a good good look from this first take, but I know someone was firing a machine gun and I am also fully aware that Neo was dressed in a black jacket that resembled Morpheus' closed leather jacket from the first film (but the fabric was like that of his plain black duster from the first film).
"The scenes that were shown also involved swordfights that Neo was involved in. I didn't see much or anything involving other cast members. I do remember the closing quote however, from Keanu -- 'After 72 takes of Kung Fun, ice is good.'
"Relatively interesting teaser footage -- wets my appetite. I want some more... Joel Silver and Warner Brothers are the dealers and I am hoping they can give me a fix soon." ['Artful Dodger' needs it.]
Ah, the mansion set. Some of us have heard about that segment of the sequel's storyline, haven't we?
Finally, this news item was sent to us from the land of the Swiss: "Just a tiny bit of information about Monica Bellucci's role in The Matrix Reloaded. The beautiful actress was recently in Geneva, Switzerland, to promote the new French comedy Asterix and Obelix - Mission Cleopatra. A local newspaper, the Tribune de Genève, published an interview of her. Here is what she had to say about her work in the Matrix sequel: 'In my case, I got to act on a real set with real actors, not in front of a blue screen.' Looks like she's not going to be part of any scene including special FX..." [Our thanks to '?!?'.]