Watch Serena Williams Master the Matrix for DirecTV Stream

And a squirrel stands in for Keanu

"Whoa!" to those who oppose Serena Williams in "The One," DirectTV's new spot that spoofs tropes from the Matrix franchise.

Red and blue tennis balls, Neo-shades, chill hand gestures and other references to the reality-bending sci-fi films abound as Serena aces out a replicating rival.

It's fab-tastical fare from TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles and Stink directing collective Traktor, following the team's earlier efforts with La Williams based on Wonder Woman '84 and scary movies.

DirecTV Stream | The One feat. Serena Williams

Tagged "Get Your TV Together," the campaign memorably touts DirecTV's mix of sports and entertainment. "The One" breaks ahead of The Matrix Resurrections, which hits theaters and HBO Max on Dec. 22.

"The Matrix is truly an iconic franchise, and so many moments from the films have become part of our lexicon," agency associate creative director Mark Winters tells Muse. "It's also a story about digital worlds colliding and merging—which is a great backdrop to show how DirecTV Stream is bringing together live TV and On Demand content."

"The new release is a great cultural signal boost—but really, once we imagined Serena diving towards a bullet-time tennis ball, we knew we had to see it," Winters says. "We borrowed specific effects from The Matrix to get the right look. Digging back into that aesthetic was a blast, from the bits of code raining down to the way we achieved the lighting in post for our dystopian tennis court."

Fun factoid: "Keanu Reeves was going to join us for a cameo, but his John Wick 4 schedule made lockdown travel impossible. So, we got a squirrel instead," reveals Ryan Buckley, also an agency ACD. (The rodent makes a suitably "glitchy" appearance at the ad's conclusion, in classic Matrix style.)


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