Laurence Fishburne says he wasn't 'invited' to be in the new Matrix film but wishes the cast well

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Laurence Fishburne was not invited to star in the new Matrix movie.

The 59-year-old actor - who plays Morpheus in the original film - has insisted he wishes the team who are making the fourth instalment 'well', but revealed he won't be starring in the movie.

He said of the new chapter: 'I have not been invited. Maybe that will make me write another play. I wish them well. I hope it's great.' 

Speaking about his role in 'The Matrix', he added to New York Magazine: '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.'

Keanu Reeves is reprising his role because of Lana Wachowski's 'beautiful script'. 

The 55-year-old actor said: 'Lana Wachowski wrote a beautiful script and a wonderful story that resonated with me. That's the only reason to do it. To work with her again is just amazing. It's been really special, and the story has, I think some meaningful things to say, and that we can take some nourishment from.' 

And Carrie-Anne Moss is also returning to the franchise in the role of Trinity but admitted she 'never thought' that a fourth 'Matrix' film would be made.

The 52-year-old actress explained: 'I never thought that it would happen. It was never on my radar at all. When it was brought to me in the way it was brought to me, with incredible depth and all of the integrity and artistry that you could imagine, I was like, 'This is a gift.' It was just very exciting.'

This comes after director/writer Lilly Wachowski revealed how the trilogy was a 'trans story' which was originally set to include a transgender character.

Speaking about the iconic sci-fi film series Lilly, 52, revealed the hidden meaning in a new video for Netflix that was released on Tuesday, saying it was 'all about the desire for transformation.'

The director and her older sister Lana, 55, both came out as transgender women after the three movies had been released - Lana in 2010, and Lilly in 2016, respectively. 

The film centers on Neo (Keanu Reeves) who discovers that the world as he knows it is in fact a simulation that he is able to break out from, and manipulate himself, and thus, undergoing his own 'transformation.'

'I'm glad that it has gotten out that that was the original intention,' Lilly explained, adding: 'The corporate world wasn't ready for it.'

'I love how meaningful those films are to trans people in the way they come up to me and say, "These movies save my life" because when you talk about transformation, specifically in the world of science fiction which is just about imagination and world-building and the idea of the seemingly impossible becoming possible, that's why it speaks to them so much,' she said. 

Lana is currently set to direct Keanu, 55, in a fourth installment of the franchise - titled The Matrix 4 - which has been given a release date of April 1, 2022, which is currently filming in Europe. 

Meanwhile Lilly explained that the character of Switch (played by Belinda McClory) from the original series, was at one stage going to be a trans character.

'We had the character of Switch who was a character who would be a man in the real world and a woman in the Matrix. Both were where our headspaces were,' Lilly said.

She continued: 'I don't know how present my transness was in the background of my brain as we were writing it. We were always living in a world of imagination. That's why I gravitated toward sci-fi and fantasy and played Dungeons and Dragons.'

'It was all about creating worlds. It freed us up as filmmakers because we were able to imagine stuff at that time that you didn’t necessarily see onscreen.'

In 2016, Lilly grabbed headlines when she released a statement with headlined: 'Sex change shocker - Wachowski brothers now sisters!!!' 

In a statement to Chicago's Windy City Times, the director formerly known as Andy, followed her sister Lana, who was formerly known as Larry. 

Their hugely successful film series consists of The Matrix (1999) and two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both in 2003), all written and directed by the siblings. 

The three films accumulated a staggering $1.6 billion dollars at the global box office.


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