Hugo Weaving Will Not Play Agent Smith in Matrix 4

Hugo Weaving prevented from starring in 'Matrix' reboot by scheduling conflicts

In a new interview with Time Out London, Hugo Weaving says he won't be in Lana Wachowski's highly-anticipated The Matrix 4 (or whatever it ends up being called), which will soon begin filming with returning cast members Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. Thankfully, they cast his attractive, null void of a face in the 1999 kung-fu bullet-time progenitor, and are doubly thankfully bringing his Neo back for The Matrix 4, which is now slated for a May 21st, 2021 release. Unfortunately, agenda issues and a role in the play "The Visit" - which will premiere on January 31, have kept Weaving away from production.

When asked if he was involved in the aftermath, the actor replied: "I'm not, no ..."

"I loved playing that character Red Skull - it was a lot of fun", Weaving said. Hugo Weaving and Keanu Reeves as Smith and Neo were unbelievable together on the screen, and they had one incredible battle for martial arts after another in the first three Matrix films. 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". "We were all obliged to sign up for three pictures: I was thinking [Red Skull] probably wouldn't come back in "Captain America" but he may well come back as a villain in "The Avengers".

"So we sorted out the dates, and then she sort of changed her mind".

"And the promise when we first signed the contracts was that the money would grow each time".

"In fact, I found it impossible to negotiate with them through my agent".

According to IndieWire, Weaving confirmed his departure from Matrix 4 due to a prior commitment to his theater performance in "The Visit" at the National Theater. With stars like Keanu Reeves and Jada Pinkett-Smith confirmed to "enter The Matrix" again, and be joined by new actors like Black Mirror's Yahya Abdul-Mateen - he's set to play a young Morpheus - everything seemed to be falling in place perfectly for the revival that many have been waiting almost two decades to see come to fruition. Let us know in the comments section below. Alas. Matrix 4 opens in theaters on May 21, 2021.

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