Hugo Weaving says he received an offer to reprise his role as Agent Smith for The Matrix 4, but scheduling conflicts prevented him from accepting.
Hugo Weaving starred in all three Matrix movies as Agent Smith, and folks have wondered if he would be reprising the role in the new sequel. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Speaking to Time Out, Weaving revealed he received an offer to return for The Matrix 4 shortly after committing to the National Theatre’s The Visit, explaining “I thought [I] could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work”. However, Lana Wachowski (who is directing The Matrix 4 solo after co-helming the trilogy with her sibling, Lily) later “decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind”. As such, the sequel will be moving on without him.
Whatever the case, it might be for the best Weaving isn’t returning for The Matrix 4. Although the film has the potential to give Trinity a far better ending than she got in Revolutions and allow Neo to pass the title of “The One” onto another character (rumor has it Jessica Henwick is playing a “female Neo” in the movie), there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot let to do with Smith as a character at this point.
In addition to the returning franchise stars, The Matrix 4 will feature performances from Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. The film is set to hit theaters on May 21, 2021.