Morpheus actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has teased more of The Matrix: Resurrections in a new interview, suggesting it’ll have a different tone to the original trilogy. He also added that we need to be patient about the Morpheus recasting situation: answers are coming.
Something else that’s wildly diverting from the originals is that of Morpheus. Once played by Laurence Fishburne, the character – or a version of his character – will appear in The Matrix: Resurrections played by Abdul-Mateen.
“The character’s called Morpheus,” Abdul-Mateen clarified, in case there was ever any doubt. “It will make sense when it comes out.”
Fishburne isn’t the only original character who isn’t making a comeback. Hugo Weaving confirmed there were talks to bring back Agent Smith – but it couldn’t work with his schedule.
That’s not to say the link to the past is definitively broken in The Matrix: Resurrections. Neo (Keanu Reeves) and Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) are back, while fans think they’ve spotted an aged-up character from The Matrix’s sequels in the first trailer for Resurrections.
We’ll find out about That Whole Morpheus Thing for sure when The Matrix: Resurrections, also starring Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff, hits cinemas and HBO Max simultaneously on December 22.
Take the red pill and follow us down the rabbit hole: here’s the complete Matrix recap to get you ready for Resurrections. For more from December’s stacked schedule, check out our guide to movie release dates.