Matrix 4: Here’s the REAL REASON Why Laurence Fishburne REFUSED TO RETURN in the Sequel

Matrix 4 or The Matrix Resurrections set to release at the end of this year has been surrounded by controversy and speculations for a while now. The Matrix franchise is one of the biggest science fiction, action, thriller movie franchises in American cinema. The very first Matrix film came out on 31st March 1999 and got a lot of success.

Matrix 2 (Matrix Reloaded) and Matrix 3 (Matrix Revolutions) both released in 2003.

Matrix 4 is all set to hit screens at the end of this year, after a long 18-year gap.

Matrix 4 Release Date

Matrix 4 will release worldwide in December however the dates do differ slightly. While it will release in the US and India on 22nd December 2021 and in the UK on 24th December, 20211, it won’t release until 1st January 2022 in Australia.

The Matrix Resurrections Trailer

The trailers are looking fantastic!

Matrix 4 Cast And Crew

The casting has been at the center of all the controversy surrounding this film. Before we get into that, let’s take a look at who all will feature in The Matrix Resurrections.

Matrix 4 will see

  • Keanu Reeves as Thomas Anderson / Neo
  • Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity
  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus
  • Jessica Henwick as Bugs
  • Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe
  • Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian
  • Daniel Bernhardt as Agent Johnson

Additionally, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, Eréndira Ibarra, Max Riemelt, Toby Onwumere, Brian J. Smith, Andrew Caldwell, and Ellen Hollman are a part of the cast although in unknown roles.

Matrix 4 is directed by Lana Wachowski and written by Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, and Aleksandar Hemon.

It is produced by Grant Hill, James McTeigue, Lana Wachowski, Village Roadshow Pictures, and Venus Castina Productions.

Cinematography is by Daniele Massaccesi and John Toll.

Why Is Laurence Fishburne Not Returning As Morpheus In Matrix 4?

The character of Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne in the prequel, will be played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Matrix 4. There are a lot of theories doing the rounds about why this is so. These theories include rumors of a rift, rumors that he refused to reprise his role, so on and so forth.

However, the real reason Laurence Fishburne will not be returning is that, as per his claims, he wasn’t approached by the filmmakers to reprise his role as Morpheus in Matrix 4 at all.

This could be because his character managed to survive until the end of the previous movie and the climactic battle of Zion as well, meaning that he is still alive in the real world and not this new version of the Matrix.

This brought up questions because the character of Morpheus is still going to be there, only played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The trailer gives us a hint that although he will be playing Morpheus, he will be playing a younger version of him and not his actual age.

This could be the reason, but we do not know the truth since Laurence Fishburne was also never told the reason for dropping him, apparently.


Sayed is one of the authors who has been a part of Doms2Cents from the very beginning. He has expertise in comic books and is a huge Marvel fan. He has been working as a freelancer since 2019 and has now become an expert in the field and is a senior author at Doms2Cents.

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