Does Laurence Fishburne Think He Missed Out By Not Being in Matrix: Resurrections? ‘No, Not Really’

Morpheus actor Laurence Fishburne doesn’t think he missed out by not being a part of Matrix: Resurrections alongside stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.

Alongside many critics, Fishburne wasn’t particularly impressed by Resurrections, which brought the Matrix back after almost 20 years for a fourth installation.

Speaking to Variety, Fishburne was asked plainly if he thought he’d missed out by not being involved. “No, not really”, he replied.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be,” Fishburne said. “And it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be. But I thought Carrie-Anne and Keanu really did their thing. Yeah, that’s what I thought.”

Fishburne was a notable absence from Resurrections, which brought back Reeves as Neo, Moss as Trinity, Jada Pinkett Smith as Niobe, and Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian. An AI version of the Morpheus character is played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Resurrections, but there isn’t a definitive answer as to why Fishburne wasn’t invited back. Fishburne himself even said in 2021 that he didn’t know why he wasn’t asked to reprise the role.

Though the logic for Morpheus’s absence was somewhat explained in Resurrections, many speculated that it was actually because he died in the canonical 2005 video game The Matrix Online.

In our 4/10 review of the film, IGN said: “The Matrix Resurrections is a bunch of really good ideas stacked together to make a bad — and sometimes ugly — film.”

Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.

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