Unlike Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), it is now clear that award-winning actor Laurence Fishburne (#FreeRayshawn, Man of Steel, Ant-Man and the Wasp) was not given the choice of taking the red or blue pill to appear in the multi-million dollar reboot of The Matrix.
While speaking with New York Magazine, Fishburne said that he “has not been invited” to reprise his iconic role in Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix four-quel.
“I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it’s great,” Fishburne told the publication.
The actor added, “It is probably the role that I’ll be best remembered for, which is great; it’s not the only thing I’ll be remembered for, which is better. What I get with him is I’ve got Darth Vader in this hand, and I’ve got Obi-Wan in that hand. I’ve got Bruce Lee, I’ve got Muhammad Ali shuffled in there, and I’ve got kung fu.”
Wachowski will helm and co-write the screenplay with novelists Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She is producing with Grant Hill, who executive produced Matrix Reloaded and Matrix Revolutions.
The cast will also be comprised of Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jonathan Groff, and Neil Patrick Harris and Eréndira Ibarra.
The trilogy has grossed over $1.6 billion at the WW box office. The film is scheduled to be released in 2022 from Warner Bros.