Matrix resurrections stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity from the classic Matrix movie theater. But they were only two-thirds of a trio of heroes in those previous films, and the group’s third member – Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus – didn’t appear in the film’s first trailer. Fishburne himself said last year that he was not invited to return for the film.
This decision makes a little more sense now that we know that Morpheus is in Matrix resurrections in a new form. Instead of Fishburne, the character is played by Watchmen and Candyby Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. This is not too shocking, as the appearance of Abdul-Mateen in the Matrix resurrections trailer strongly resembled a young Fishburne. There was even a scene where he was training in a karate dojo with Neo, a direct callback to the first one. Matrix movie.
Yet no one had confirmed that Abdul-Mateen was playing a young Morpheus until his new interview with Weekly entertainment. There, he revealed that the film’s script provided for “a new Morpheus,” which is the character he plays. Here are more details he offered:
I play a character who is definitely aware of the history of the Matrix [and] the story of Morpheus. This character is on a journey of self-discovery. There is a lot in our story about growing up, defining your own path. Morpheus is not exempt from this.
Abdul-Mateen was understandably cautious before revealing too many details about how Fishburne’s Morpheus turned into this new person. All he would say is that it’s “definitely a different iteration of the character.” But hey, the movie is called Matrix resurrections. It doesn’t make sense if the people there haven’t been resurrected – perhaps in new or slightly unknown ways.
Matrix resurrections is directed by Lana Wachowski, one of the two co-creators of the series. (Lilly Wachowski did not return for this film.) Wachowski co-wrote the film with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, whose 2004 novel Cloud Atlas was adapted for cinema by the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer in 2012. In addition to Reeves, Moss and Abdul-Mateen II, the film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, Priyanka Chopra and Christina Ricci. Additional cast members confirmed to return from the original Matrix The trilogy features Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe and Lambert Wilson as the Merovingian.
Matrix resurrections opens in theaters and premieres on HBO Max on December 22, 2021.