Why Hugo Weaving Didn’t Return As Agent Smith

Because of this, Hugo Weaving has not repeated his prestigious role as Agent Smith in The Matrix Reservations. Nearly 20 years later, the Matrix franchise finally returns in 2021, with co-creator Lana Vachovsky at the helm.

While the resulting film polarized both critics and fans, the reaction is certainly not as harsh as The Matrix Revolutions, so it could be a Trinity victory in itself, or despite its apparent death at the end of the Revolution. In addition to Neo and Trinity, some other notable characters from previous Matrix films returned for The Matrix Resurrection, played mostly by their original cast.

Most notably, the thick Pinket Smith was an older version of Niobe, the current leader of the human city Io of the Matrix, who apparently replaced Zion after ending the war between humans and machines.

There are new artists like Morpheus (with Yahya Abdulmatin II in place of Lawrence Fishburn) and Agent Smith (with Jonathan Grove in place of Weaving).

Indeed, this is the second time that Weaving has not played a major role in a hugely successful franchise, as he has refused to return as Red Skull after playing the role of Captain America in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame: First Avenger.

The affair turned out to be very bitter because Weaving did not like his experience with Marvel, fortunately it did not appear on The Matrix Resurrection.

Instead, the absence of weaving boils down to a major part of Hollywood: scheduled conflict. In 2020, when it was time to shoot The Matrix Resurrection, director and co-writer Lana Vachovsky looked forward to seeing him return as Agent Smith.

After a moment’s hesitation, Weaving agreed to do it.

Both sides entered into negotiations to try to up and run the matrix rescheduling schedule so that Weaving could complete both projects, but Weaving said Wachovsky was reluctant to meet the requested deadline.

Weaving doesn’t seem to stand up to Wachovsky on an individual level, but it’s certainly disappointing that he went that route. While Mindhunter’s Groff does an excellent job of trying to mimic aspects of Weaving’s Agent Smith’s performance, his Duke Smith is spotted. The same comeback fight between Smith and Weaving Neo doesn’t resonate as much.

However, the Matrix Resurrection potential is setting Matrix 5, so perhaps the original version of Smith’s Weaving could come back for it. Smith’s nature as a rogue program in the Matrix makes it easy to explain future changes in his appearance.

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