Why Laurence Fishburne Is Not In Matrix 4 Resurrections?

But we do get to see a younger Morpheus!

By Manisha Priyadarshini

September 9, 2021

The trailer for Matrix Resurrections has arrived and naturally, fans were waiting to see Laurence Fishburne return as Morpheus in Matrix 4. However, that didn’t seem to be the case in the first trailer.

But we did get to see Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss return as Neo and Trinity. Once again, the duo is trapped inside the simulated reality and we are excited to see how they manage to escape this time.

But most importantly, in this article, we shall discuss the reason behind Laurence Fishburne’s absence in Matrix 4. Do check out the trailer below.

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The Matrix Resurrections | Official Trailer

The Matrix Resurrections | Official Trailer

Laurence Fishburne Absence In Matrix 4 

As you can see in the trailer above, the first scene begins with Neo who cannot remember his past, and discusses his strange dreams with a therapist played by Neil Patrick Harris.

Also, Neo and Trinity do not know each other yet Matrix Resurrections but they could still sense familiarity. Then we get to see those “blue pills” which means living a life of ignorance within the simulated reality of the Matrix.

And finally, in the part where we all were waiting for Laurence Fishburne in his iconic role of Morpheus in Matrix Resurrections, we get to see a younger version of him which is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.

Now there are two possibilities here: either we get to see the older version of Morpheus in the movie (which should be played by Laurence Fishburne) or we just get to see his younger version played by Yahya.

Unfortunately, so far it seems that the latter is true and we won’t get to see Fishburne at all.

Here’s why…

Sadly, Laurence Fishburne revealed in an interview back in 2020 that he was never even asked to be in the movie. This mean that the creators probably didn’t have a role for him.

Besides, there were speculations running around that Matrix 4 is going to be a prequel, so Laurence Fishburne won’t be able to play a younger Morpheus in the movie.

While we did get to see a younger Morpheus, the trailer didn’t seem like it was a prequel. As of now the plot of Matrix Resurrections has been kept well hidden under the wraps. But it seemed like Matrix 4 is going to be created on a separate timeline. Besides, Keanu himself squashed any idea of a prequel or going into the past in the Matrix timeline.

Given that Fishburne played such a big role in the first three movies, and the fact that only Morpheus survived in the Matrix trilogy, everyone was expecting to see him. So, we are definitely going to miss Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus in Matrix Resurrections.

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