No Morpheus for Matrix 4 after Laurence Fishburne gets booted

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Laurence Fishburne (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Laurence Fishburne (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Did someone take the blue pill and forget about Laurence Fishburne?

Fishburne (59) was one of the stars of the mind-bending sci-fi trilogy, but he won’t be materialising in the series’ fourth instalment.

“I have not been invited,” he told New York magazine. “Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great.”

Laurence played Morpheus, the enigmatic freedom fighter and kung-fu master in the 1999 film opposite Keanu Reeves and Carrie Moss. He has described it as “probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great.”

The veteran actor and playwright – he penned the acclaimed play Riff Raff - won a Tony in 1992 for his performance in Two Trains Running and recently appeared opposite Sam Rockwell in a revival of the Broadway classic, American Buffalo.

Keanu and Carrie are both returning for the new Matrix movie, despite their characters, Neo and Trinity – like Morpheus – having died in The Matrix Revolutions.

(Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Carrie-Anne, Moss Laurence Fishburne, and Keanu Reeves standing against brick wall in a scene from the film 'The Matrix Reloaded', 2003. (Photo: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Laurence and Keanu have also worked together on the two John Wick sequels.

Filming on the Matrix sequel has resumed in Berlin, with Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jonathan Groff and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joining Carrie and Keanu.

Keanu has gushed that he’s “very grateful” to be working again and paid tribute to his versatile co-workers and crew.

“If you're ever going to get into any kind of situation that needs to be figured out or ‘how do we do this?’ show-business people are the best. We’re scrappy, we know how to get stuff done, we’re inventive, we think on our feet,” the 55-year-old told the Associated Press.

“There’s some really thoughtful, effective protocols in place and the rhythm of filmmaking has not really been impacted or interrupted. I think everyone loves the project.”

The Matrix 4 is set for release in 2022.


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