Hugo Weaving Says His Absence in The Matrix 4 Was the Director’s Call
Even though many fans are happy about the recent announcement ofthe upcoming The Matrix 4, the absence of some key actors from the original crew might be felt. Neither Laurence Fishburne nor Hugo Weaving will reprise their roles as Morpheus and Agent Smith, respectively. In a recent interview with our sister publication ComingSoon, Weaving revealed some details about the negotiation process to bring arguably one of the best villains ever to the big screen again.
“Lana Wachowski had rung me at the beginning of last year,” he said. “We’ve worked together five times, the Wachowski’s and I on three Matrix films, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas. I’ve hung out with them all over the world for many, many years. So, yes, Lana was very keen for me to be involved in The Matrix. There was a reading with Keanu, Carrie and myself and a few others from the old family.”
Eventually, the negotiations didn’t work out, and Weaving now won’t reprise his iconic role in the upcoming movie. In the past, Weaving already explained that his commitment to a National Theatre production of The Visit prevented his return on The Matrix 4 set. According to the actor, the final decision was up to director Lana Wachowski.
“We were all pretty much sorted and agreed on dates and it was all fine, but then Lana decided she didn’t think it was going to work,” Weaving added. “So, she pulled the plug on the negotiations. That’s where it ended up. She basically didn’t feel that my commitment to the National Theatre was going to fit in with the dates that she had in mind for me.”
The Matrix 4 will hit theaters on April 1, 2022.
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