Published Aug 18, 2020Lana Wachowski's fourth instalment of The Matrix film series is certainly backed by some of Hollywood's biggest names, but unfortunately, there's no room for Laurence Fishburne to reprise his role as Morpheus.
In a new interview with New York Magazine, Fishburne revealed that Wachowski did not ask him to come back for The Matrix 4, but that he wishes her and the film's new cast all the best anyway.
"I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it's great," Fishburne told the publication. "It is probably the role that I'll be best remembered for, which is great; it's not the only thing I'll be remembered for, which is better."
The 59-year-old actor has starred in all three instalments of The Matrix franchise since its inception back in 1999. Without spoiling anything for newcomers, there's a perfectly logical reason why Fishburne's character wouldn't return, but that hasn't stopped fans from hoping for a cameo.
The Matrix 4 will see the return of Keanu Reeves as Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss reprising her role as Trinity and Jada Pinkett Smith playing Niobe. As previously reported, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be joining the cast for the fourth instalment, alongside Jonathan Groff, Jessica Henwick and Neil Patrick Harris.
The film is scheduled to arrive on April 1, 2022. The other Wachowski, Lilly, won't be returning to direct, but recently confirmed a long-held theory that the movie series served as early representations of her and her sister's "closeted" trans identities.