Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both returning to set of The Matrix 4, now that many of the pandemic restrictions have been lifted. However, Reeves and Moss’ original co-star, Laurence Fishburne, will not be back as Neo and Trinity’s mentor, Morpheus. Now, Fishburne has revealed that it wasn’t his choice to sit out this adventure.
Via The Wrap, Fishburne told New York Magazine that “I have not been invited [to return]. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great.”
Regardless of Fishburne’s absence in the new movie, he’s still very proud of his role in the original Matrix trilogy.
“It is probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great,” said Fishburne. “It’s not the only thing I’ll be remembered for, which is better. What I get with him is I’ve got Darth Vader in this hand, and I’ve got Obi-Wan in that hand. I’ve got Bruce Lee, I’ve got Muhammad Ali shuffled in there, and I’ve got kung fu.”
Fishburne actually did reprise his role as Morpheus in The Matrix Online video game, where Morpheus appeared to die. However, the rumor within the game was that Morpheus had somehow managed to survive.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen) is rumored to be playing a young Morpheus in the new Matrix film. But that rumor has yet to be confirmed.
The Matrix 4 will hit theaters on April 1, 2022.
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