The Matrix franchise is yet to start the production of the 4th movie, which will be released on May 21, 2023. There has been a rumor that Hugo Weaving, who portrayed the villain Agent Smith, is not returning in the upcoming movie.
Hugo Has Scheduling Conflict
59-year-old Hugo Weaving, the “Matrix” franchise’s sneering, implacable villain Agent Smith has stated that he would not be returning for the film’s fourth installment due to scheduling conflicts with a forthcoming theater role.
The 59-year-old actor, Hugo Weaving, is set to star in the National Theatre’s production of “The Visit,” while the shooting for the “Matrix” reprisal was set to start early this year.
‘I had this offer (for ‘The Visit’), and then the offer came from ‘The Matrix,’ so I understood it was happening, but I did not have dates,’ Weaving said.
‘I thought [I] could do both, and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work. I tied off on accepting [a role in “The Visit” during that time],’ Weaving says. ‘I was in contact with [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she determined that the dates were not going to work. So we’d sorted the dates, and then she kind of changed her mind, and they are pushing on forward without me.’
Keanu Reeves And Carrie-Anne Moss Will Return
It’s a distressing change for the as-yet-untitled fourth film in the series— the second and third Matrix movies were “Reloaded” and “Revolutions,” respectively. Maybe the number four of Matrix franchise will be “Restitutions?” — which will star Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Also, Neil Patrick Harris is set to join the cast of Matrix 4.
‘Many of the concepts [my sister] Lilly [Wachowski] and I examined 20 years ago about our existence are even more relevant now,’ writer and director Wachowski said. ‘I am very glad to have these characters back in my life and thankful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.’
Co-creator/writer/director Lilly is also not associated with the fourth film, nor is Laurence Fishburne, who played as Reeves’ dourly intoning mentor Morpheus. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, star of HBO’s “Watchmen,” has been settled for the project — possibly as a younger version of Fishburne’s character.