Why Morpheus Recast For The Matrix Resurrections!
It’s been confirmed that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will play Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections, so why was Morpheus recast?
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CelebnMovies247.com reports that The first trailer for The Matrix 4 gave a closer look at the much-anticipated sequel, with Abdul-Mateen II donning Morpheus’.
Morpheus’ role as Neo’s liberator was central to the first Matrix film, and considering that The Matrix Resurrections’ official synopsis indicates that the sequel will follow on from the first film and not its sequels.
This time Morpheus’ story will undoubtedly be a key element of Resurrections. The sequel’s version of Morpheus is unmistakably younger than that of the original trilogy, which actually hints at the possible reasons the role was recast.
The Matrix 4’s plot and that the film is likely to deliver either an origin story for the character or a reboot of sorts – or possibly even a little of both. The Matrix 4’s ‘Resurrections’ titling supports this theory, implying a rebirth either into or out of the Matrix. While it’s long been assumed that this applies references Neo and Trinity’s inability to remember each other (or the world outside the Matrix), it’s possible that it also extends to Morpheus.
This time around, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles despite two decades of aging, with Neo, in particular, looking very different this time around.
Lana Wachowski’s decision not to ask Laurence Fishburne back at all is surely born of necessity to the story – although it’s certainly not impossible that he might still make a surprise return.
As yet, it’s not entirely clear exactly why the role has been recast, but the film’s trailer does seemingly confirm numerous of the prevailing theories regarding Abdul-Mateen II’s involvement in The Matrix Resurrections.
However, all will be revealed when The Matrix Resurrections hits theaters and HBOMax.