Jefferson Airplane fans have gone down a rabbit hole while watching the new trailer for the fourth installment of The Matrix featuring one of the rock band’s classics.
The Matrix Resurrections, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, follows Thomas Anderson a.k.a. Neo (Reeves) and Trinity (Moss) being trapped in a simulation where they appear to not know each other. The eye-opening visual is soundtracked by Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 Billboard Hot 100 No. 8 hit “White Rabbit,” where the line “Go ask Alice” is appropriately synched to Priyanka Chopra-Jonas’ character reading a copy of Alice in Wonderland, and the line “And if you go chasing rabbits” playing while the nearly three-minute video highlights Jessica Henwick’s character’s rabbit tattoo on her arm.
“As a connoisseur of on-the-nose soundtrack work I simply must stan,” rock critic Steven Hyden wrote on Twitter.
While the psychedelic rock track written by San Francisco singer Grace Slick has been covered many times, fans on social media were relieved the original version was being used in The Matrix trailer. “Whoever decided to soundtrack the new Matrix trailer with White Rabbit–the OG, not a cheap slowed-down cover–god bless you,” another Twitter user wrote. The official account for the sci-fi film franchise responded, “[without] borders. [without] boundaries” to quote Neo from the original 1999 movie.
There was so much reaction to the use of the Jefferson Airplane classic that “White Rabbit” became a trending topic — alongside the trailer — on Thursday. The Matrix Resurrections will premiere in theaters and on HBO Max Dec. 22.
Watch the trailer and see fans’ thoughts on the usage of “White Rabbit” below.
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