Laurence Fishburne isn’t gonna be in the Matrix reboot

As The Matrix franchise comes back Laurence Fishburne will not be in the new film. The upcoming Matrix sequel, The Matrix Resurrections has officially dropped and fans want answers as to where Morpheus is (or who is playing him). The Matrix, which initially premiered in 1999, along with two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, the trilogy ended in November 2003. Now, another film is set to be released in theaters and HBO Max later this year.

The official trailer for The Matrix Resurrections finally dropped on Thursday, and now fans are breaking down the trailer moments and have plenty of questions for the series.

The trailer reintroduces viewers to iconic characters from the original, which includes Keanu Reaves as Neo and Carrie-Ann Moss as Trinity. The movie adds some A-list actors to the sequel, including Watchmen‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jonathan Groff. Some fans were surprised they didn’t see Fishburne, who starred in all three films as Morpheus.

One social media user wrote, “Wait…Laurence Fishburne ain’t in the new Matrix movie? Why the hell not???” Fans also immediately clocked that Abdul-Mateen’s role seems to be eerily similar to Morpheus, leaving some to wonder if he is playing a younger version of the iconic character. One user tweeted, “There’s only one Morpheus for me and that’s you #TheMatrixResurrections,” while posting a picture of Fishburne.

Freelancer writer Richard Newby wrote in a tweet, “Pretty bummed Laurence Fishburne isn’t in the new Matrix. There will probably be an explanation and it seems like Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is playing a new iteration of Morpheus. But Fishburne is my favorite part of that OG series. The fact he wasn’t contacted at all makes me sad.”

In a Instagram post on Thursday morning, Abdul-Mateen II confirmed that he is playing Morpheus in the film. The actor wrote in a caption, “MORPHEUS ⁣#TheMatrixMovie,” along trailer from the video.

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