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Things We Saw Today: Hugo Weaving Will Not Return for The Matrix 4

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Bad news for Hugo Weaving fans: the actor who played the iconic villain Agent Smith in the Matrix films will not be reprising his role in The Matrix 4. Weaving, who played Elrond in the LOTR franchise and V in V for Vendetta, is still best known for his performance as the sinister antagonist in the landmark science fiction series.

In an interview with Collider, Weaving was in talks to reprise his role, but previous commitments to a play unfortunately kept from joining the rest of the returning cast. Weaving said,

“Lana [Wachowski] was very keen for me to be a part of [The Matrix 4]. I really wanted to because I’m very, very fond of all of them. I had some initial reticence about the idea of going back to revisit The Matrix, after having already done three films, but then I read the script and got an offer to my agent. I immediately responded yes to that, and then we went into negotiation. I was doing a play, at the time, but we were working out dates and things so that I could do both. And then, Lana decided that she didn’t wanna change her dates, so I couldn’t do it. In a nutshell, that’s what happened.”

It’s a bummer, because Weaving is so so good in the films. And Weaving seems disappointed, but understanding about the whole situation:

“Keanu [Reeves] and Carrie-Anne Moss, and some of the original Australian art department went over to Berlin with them, as well. So, there are a lot of people on that set that I would love to see again. It’s such a shame that I’m not doing it, but I’m not, and that’s fine.”

The Matrix 4 is set to premiere on April 1, 2022, but coronavirus may delay it.

(via Collider, image: Warner Bros.)

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