There’s less than six months to go before we embark on a fourth trip inside The Matrix, and while Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will soon be back on the big screen as Neo and Trinity, one notable absence from the Matrix 4 reunion is Laurence Fishburne, who portrayed Neo’s mentor figure Morpheus in the original trilogy of films.
Speaking to Collider during a promotional interview for his new film The Ice Road, Fishburne was asked whether he’s getting tired of questions about The Matrix 4 and his involvement/lack of involvement with the sequel, with the actor responding:
“No, I completely understand that. I mean, it would make sense that people would ask me [about The Matrix 4]. So it doesn’t get old. I am not in the next Matrix movie. You’d have to ask Lana Wachowski why because I don’t have an answer for that.”
Now, Fishburne could be telling porkies here, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason why Warner Bros. and Lana Wachowski would hide his involvement given they have had no issue confirming other returning cast members. We’ll just have to wait until December to see for ourselves…
The Matrix 4 is being directed by Lana Wachowski from a script by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. The cast features returning Matrix cast members Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) and Daniel Bernhardt (Agent Johnson) alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Watchmen), Jessica Henwick (Iron Fist), Neil Patrick Harris (A Series of Unfortunate Events), Jonathan Groff (Frozen II), Priyanka Chopra (Baywatch), Ellen Hollman (Spartacus), Andrew Caldwell (iZombie), and Christina Ricci (Sleepy Hollow), as well as Sense8 stars Erendira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere, Max Riemelt and Brian J. Smith.
The Matrix 4 is set for release on December 22nd.