In 1999, Lana Wachowski and Lilly Wachowski kickstarted a franchise, The Matrix, which was ahead of its time. Featuring Keanu Reeves as a lead, the film showcased the dystopian future where there is a struggle between humans and intelligent machines.
Till now, three instalments – The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions have been released and all of them received overwhelming love from the audience. Now, after the period of 17 years, the work on highly anticipated The Matrix 4 has begun in full swing but a piece of not-so-good news has come in.
Hugo Weaving who essayed the character of Agent Smith has been dropped out of the fourth instalment. Yes, you read that right. The one who had the ambition of destroying Zion, the last refuge of humans, will not anymore be the part of the franchise. The actor himself proclaimed about the same.
It is learnt, as The Matrix 4 suffered a halt due to the pandemic, Weaving had some dates issues. As Lana Wachowski thought that the actor won’t be able to dedicate enough time due to the other commitments, he had to leave the project.
“Lana Wachowski had rung me at the beginning of last year. We’ve worked together five times, the Wachowskis 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 reading with Keanu [Reeves], Carrie[-Anne Moss] and myself and a few others from the old family,” quoted Hugo Weaving as per CBR.com
Weaving added, “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.”