While the fourth Matrix movie is going to focus on new characters, we’re still going to get appearances from franchise veterans like Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. What’s interesting is, one more Matrix alim was asked to return, but his schedule just couldn’t work out for the film.
In an interview with Time Out London, Hugo Weaving reveals that he was asked to reprise the role of Agent Smith for The Matrix 4, but scheduling conflicts with The Visit forced him to turn it down. He says:
“It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer [for “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” during that time]. 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. They’re pushing on ahead without me.’
Seeing that Agent Smith was the main antagonist of the first film, you would imagine that he would have a crucial role to play with this fourth movie. But with Wachowski pushing forward without Weaving, I have a feeling Agent Smith didn’t have a substantial role from the get-go.
If you ask me, I have a feeling that we’re going to get a new “Agent Smith” for this movie. With Yahya Abdul-Mateen II said to be the new lead, it’s likely he’ll be going up against another robot adversary. My guess is Jonathan Groff is going to be the new bad guy; he’s young and active, and he has an eerily robotic voice if you caught him on Netflix’s Mindhunter.
Catch The Matrix 4 when it hits theaters May 21, 2021.