Matrix 4: why Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus) will not be present in this sequel

As soon as the Matrix 4 trailer aired, Laurence Fishburne’s absence was noticed. Télé Star explains why he will not be in the film.

Since it was announced over two years ago, the fourth installment of the Matrix saga is eagerly awaited. On September 10, the patience of the fans was finally rewarded since they were entitled to a first trailer of this fourth opus, entitled Matrix : Resurrections. Three minutes long but mysterious enough not to reveal the whole plot, this trailer allows us to review the two main characters of the original trilogy, Neo et Trinity. Embodied by Keanu Reeves et Carrie-Anne Moss, they will be there for the fourth film.

On the other hand, many fans were disappointed not to find Laurence Fishburne, who played Morpheus, in the trailer. Absent from the film’s casting, he had explained a few months ago that the production simply did not not asked to reprise his role : “Maybe this free time will allow me to write another play. I wish them the best. I hope the movie will be good“. The absence of Laurence Fishburne will not translate into an absence of Morpheus, since we will find a younger version of his character. It will be interpreted by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, notably revealed in the series Watchmen and the movie Us.

Matrix 4: Hugo Weaving also absent

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss are not the only actors of the first three films to reprise their role since we will also find Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) et Lambert Wilson (the Merovingian). Hugo Weaving, who played the famous antagonist Agent Smith, could have returned but ultimately had to decline the offer because of an incompatible schedule. Among the newcomers, we will find Neil Patrick Harris, famous Barney Stinson of How I Met Your Mother but also Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones) or Jonathan Groff (Mindhunter). Matrix : Resurrections will be released in France on December 15, 2021.

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