UPDATE: On December 6th, 2021, the second trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections came out and the “quick flashes” of archive footage featuring Hugo Weaving we mentioned in this article was prominent. Our story has now been confirmed!

The Matrix: Resurrections is without doubt one of the most anticipated action and sci-fi films in years and it’s not hard to see why. With the return of Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss along with Lana Wachowski behind the camera, this is shaping up to be a family reunion. We know that a couple pieces of that puzzle, such as Laurence Fishburne aren’t returning however, one person WILL be returning, just not how you think.

One Take News has learned that Hugo Weaving is slated to appear in the forthcoming sequel, however, this will be a very limited role. We were told he will appear in flashbacks to The Matrix, The Matrix: Reloaded and The Matrix: Revolutions. They were described to us as “quick flashes”and it’s all archive footage. To dig deeper, we were told these quick flashes would be paralleling whatever happens in Resurrections. Just to give an example of how this’ll work, it’s like if someone says a line Smith said in the original trilogy, it’ll cut to Smith saying that line.

For those who don’t know, Hugo Weaving played Agent Smith, the main antagonist of the original trilogy and to Neo or as Smith called him, Mr Anderson. Weaving’s performance has been lauded over the years as it showed a computer program become more humanized and the character is still beloved to this day. He has spoken many times about how much he loved playing the role. So much so, he reprised the role in a 2013 commercial for General Electric.

Weaving was originally scheduled to appear in the film, to the point where he attended table reads and costume fittings but a few months before filming, Wachowski let him go as she wanted him to honor his prior commitment and wrote him out of the film.

Just because Weaving isn’t in the film, doesn’t mean Smith won’t be back to cause trouble for Mr Anderson. Multiple sources have informed OTN that Smith is in the film beyond flashbacks (he’s even in the first trailer) because let’s be honest, you can’t do a Matrix film and not have Smith return. While we know how he factors into the story of Resurrections, we’re not going to spoil your movie experience.

The Matrix: Resurrections releases December 22nd, 2021. If you liked this article, check out our breakdown of The Matrix: Resurrections trailer right here!