After the relative disappointments of The Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions, The matrix 4 will see many key creative members of the franchise return for another statement. Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Lambert Wilson all return to resume their iconic roles under the tutelage of Lana Wachowski. But what about our famous pill organizer, unique shade bearer and literal teacher of Christ? Will Laurence Fishburne return to The matrix 4 resume its indelible role of Morpheus? In an interview with New York Magazine (via The Wrap), Fishburne gave a response that I might call “a definite no”.
Asked directly about his involvement (or lack thereof) in the upcoming sequel, Fishburne said this:
I was not invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them good luck. Hope this is awesome.
Yikes! Obviously, we don’t have the benefit of “hearing the intention of the speaker”, but writing in this context, “I wish them good luck” is about as concise as the “subtlety” that one could do about it, surpassed perhaps only by the wild humble-flex of “Maybe this will make me write another play.” For the record, Fishburne’s 1997 play Riff raff was adapted into a 2000 film that Fishburne directed called Once in a lifetime, and for Fishburne to write a theatrical production in response to not being cast in a movie would be such a flex that all shirt sleeves would spontaneously burst in response.
Why wouldn’t we have a Morpheus in a Matrix 4? Technically, in the events of The online matrix, a 2005 MMORPG with an “official” storyline blessed by the Wachowski, Morpheus is shot. Maybe Lana Wachowski is interested in honoring that. Perhaps her story, divorced from any previous one Matrixthe context, demands that Morpheus is not there. Or, perhaps, this is all a trick. Maybe Fishburne will Introduce themselves, either in an important role or junkie, as Morpheus, and they want everything to be kept a surprise. I guess we’ll all find out when we take the Fourth Red Pill on April 1, 2022.
To know more The matrix 4, check out Reeves’ comments on return.