Neo and Trinity are already set to return (opens in new tab) in The Matrix 4 – but one iconic character from the series definitely won’t be back. Hugo Weaving, who played the suited-and-booted Agent Smith in all three Matrix movies, says he isn’t appearing in the 2021 movie, despite being offered a role by director Lana Wachowski.
“I’m not, no…” Weaving told Time Out (opens in new tab) after being asked if he’ll be back for The Matrix 4. Elaborating further, he explained that it was a case of scheduling conflicts rather than a lack of interest in putting the shades and earpiece back on: “It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer [for upcoming movie The Visit] and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening but I didn’t have dates. I thought [I] could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting [a role in The Visit].”
The dates, unfortunately, just didn’t work out. Weaving revealed that it was actually Lana Wachowski who made the final decision. The Agent Smith actor said: “I was in touch with [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind.” He added: “They’re pushing on ahead without me.”
Despite the fact that Agent Smith won’t be showing up, there’s still a generous helping of faces both fresh and familiar making up the Matrix 4 cast. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively, while Watchmen actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II and Neil Patrick Harris are taking the Red Pill plunge for the first time.
The Matrix 4 is set for release on May 21, 2021 – the same day as John Wick 4 (opens in new tab).