Matrix 4 posters are here – and a new character looks a lot like Agent Smith

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Posters for The Matrix 4 have been released – and a character looks like Agent Smith.

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The poster features new and returning faces, including Keanu Reeves’ Neo, Carrie-Anne Moss’s Trinity and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II’s Morpheus. Jonathan Groff’s mystery character, however, is similar to Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith. He’s holding the same gun the villain used in the original trilogy, and is also wearing sunglasses—though a different type than Smith’s. See the analogy (and other posters) below.

Groff, Reeves, Moss, Abdul-Mateen, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra and Erendira Ibarra are seen in the poster above.

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While Groff’s gun and sunglasses may imply that his character is a random agent, it is also possible that he is a new version of Smith, given that The Matrix Revolutions ended with the entire simulation rebooting. .

If you’re looking forward to re-watching Weaving’s version of Agent Smith, however, the actor has already confirmed that he won’t be reappearing due to scheduling conflicts.

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“I was in touch [director] Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided the dates wouldn’t work,” he said back in 2020. So we sorted the dates and then he changed his mind. Moving on without me.”

Another Matrix actor who isn’t returning is Lawrence Fishburne—instead, Abdul-Mateen is playing the character, or at least a version of him. “I’m playing a character who’s definitely aware of the history of the Matrix [and] Chronicles of Morpheus,” the actor said recently. “This character is on a journey of self-discovery. There is much in our story that is about growth, defining our own path. Morpheus is not exempt from this.” He reiterated: “It’s definitely a different iteration of the character.”

The Matrix 4, AKA The Matrix Resurrections, also stars Christina Ricci, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, and Daniel Bernhardt.

The Matrix Resurrection comes to US theaters and HBO Max this December 22. While you wait, check out our final Matrix recap to get up to speed on the franchise.

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