Hugo Weaving reveals he won't return for The Matrix 4
Hugo Weaving has confirmed that he will not be reprising his role in the fourth instalment of The Matrix.
It was confirmed in 2019 that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will return to lead a fourth movie in the hugely lucrative franchise, which grossed over $3 billion at the box office.
It is the first movie in the franchise since 2003's The Matrix Revolutions.
Both Reeves and Moss are set to reprise their roles in a fourth Matrix movie, which will be written, directed and produced by one of the film's original co-creators, Lana Wachowski.
Weaving, who played Agent Smith in the original trilogy, told Time Out that he had hoped to be a part of the new movie, but couldn't get the dates to work.
Asked if he was going to be in the new movie, he said: "I'm not, no... It's unfortunate, but actually I had this offer [for new London play The Visit] and then the offer came from The Matrix, so I knew it was happening but I didn't have dates."
He went on: "I thought I could do both and it took eight weeks to work out that the dates would work – I held off on accepting. I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren't going to work. We'd sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They're pushing on ahead without me."
Aleksander Hemon and Cloud Atlas writer David Mitchell have provided work on the script alongside Wachowski, though her sister Lilly, who co-directed the originals, will not work on the new movie.
Jonathon Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Jessica Henwick and Yahya Abdul-Mateen are among the cast for the new film.
The fourth instalment of The Matrix will be released into cinemas on May 21st in 2021.