The Lord of the Rings and Captain America star Hugo Weaving has revealed why he did not return as Agent Smith for The Matrix 4.
Last year Warner Bros officially announced that a new Matrix film was in development with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to the franchise. Details on the film are currently hard to come by but it is known that several of the franchise’s major starts will not be returning for this latest sequel. This sadly includes Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith.
Agent Smith was the primary antagonist of The Matrix films. Hugo Weaving’s character was the one who primarily hunted Keanu Reeves’ Neo and Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus in the first film. Despite apparently being killed, the character would return for the sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions before once again being apparently killed off. As it turned out, however, Agent Smith was once again set to return from the dead.
Hugo Weaving has in the past alluded to why he wasn’t able to return to the role but had been light on the details. While speaking to Coming Soon.net, the actor really dug into how he almost returned to the role for The Matrix 4 and why it all fell apart
“Lana Wachowski had rung me at the beginning of last year. We’ve worked together five times, the Wachowski’s and I on three Matrix films, V for Vendetta and Cloud Atlas. I’ve hung out with them all over the world for many, many years. So, yes, Lana was very keen for me to be involved in The Matrix. There was a reading with Keanu, Carrie and myself and a few others from the old family.
I loved a lot of it and wasn’t sure about other bits. Ultimately, we talked about it and when the offer came through to do it for Warner’s I said yes the next day and I talked to Lana.
I thought we could have done my scenes in May, June and July; and we talked about money and we talked about — they were negotiating. And we were all pretty much sorted and agreed on dates and it was all fine, but then Lana decided she didn’t think it was going to work. So, she pulled the plug on the negotiations. That’s where it ended up. She basically didn’t feel that my commitment to the National Theatre was going to fit in with the dates that she had in mind for me.”
What do you all make of Hugo Weaving’s comments? Are you surprised to hear that they could not make time for his character in The Matrix 4? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
The Matrix and its two sequels collectively earned a total of $1.6 billion at the worldwide box office. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss portrayed Neo and Trinity, respectively, in all three chapters of the film series, each of which were directed by Lana and Lilly Wachowski.
Directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchel, the upcoming sequel, The Matrix 4 stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Toby Onwumere, Eréndira Ibarra, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick, Priyanka Chopra, Andrew Caldwell, and Brian J. Smith.
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Source: Coming Soon.net