Hugo Weaving will skip the next sequel to 'Matrix'

Actor Hugo Weaving , who is credited with playing the iconic negative character of Agent Smith of ' Matrix The franchise recently revealed that it will not appear in the fourth installment of the science fiction movie.

Hugo Weaving would not be joining the cast of the upcoming ' Matrix ' sequel as the dates of its shooting clash with a project which he has already committed to. The 59-year-old Australian is set to star in 'The Visit' which is being produced by the National theater .

In a brief interview with Hugo Weaving , in which the actor revealed: "I had this offer [for 'The Visit'], and then the offer came from 'The Matrix ,' so I knew it was happening, but I didn't have dates."

I thought I could do both, and it took me eight weeks to determine that the dates would work. I stopped accepting [a role in the visit during that time].

I was in touch with [the director] Lana Wachowski , but in the end, he decided that the dates would not work. So we had ordered the dates and then she changed her mind. They are moving forward without me.

The sequel yet to name would see the return of the original Neo ( Keanu Reeves ) along with the addition of Neil Patrick Harris into the cast. Just like the previous versions, Canadian actress Carrie-Anne Moss is slated to play the character of Trinity. Another artist to skip the latest ' Matrix ' rendition would be Laurence Fishburne, who was in the role of Keanu's stone-faced mentor, Morpheus.

The 'Watchman' star, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, has been confirmed for the film and could possibly play a younger version of Morpheus.