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Entertainment The Matrix 4 could have Mindhunter's Jonathan Groff playing Agent Smith

20:16  23 november  2021
20:16  23 november  2021 Source:   digitalspy.com

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The Matrix Resurrections will be in cinemas in less than a month but we're still no closer to knowing what the hell it's going to be about.

Warner Bros has released new character posters for The Matrix Resurrections and the one for Jonathan Groff hints that he's playing a classic character. © Warner Bros. Warner Bros has released new character posters for The Matrix Resurrections and the one for Jonathan Groff hints that he's playing a classic character.

That's absolutely the right way to approach the new movie and we're pleased that Warner Bros has kept it wrapped up. It's meant that ever since the first trailer was released in September 2021, fans have speculated endlessly about what might or might not happen.

From wondering about how Neo (Keanu Reeves) has returned from the dead to whether or not Bugs (Jessica Henwick) is a villain, there's been plenty to talk about and endless theories to explore. It's all part of the fun and has kept fans from pestering WB for another trailer – although we'd still like one, please.

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As we wait for a second (and possibly final) trailer, Warner Bros marked the one-month countdown on November 22 with a set of gorgeous character posters. Most of them didn't show anything new, but there was a significant change for Jonathan Groff's character.

If you haven't seen it already, check it out below:

The Matrix Resurrections character poster for Jonathan Groff © Warner Bros. The Matrix Resurrections character poster for Jonathan Groff

Those shades and that gun... There's more than a hint of Agent Smith about Groff's look in the poster. But wait, we hear you say, if he was Agent Smith, why isn't he being played by Hugo Weaving like in the original trilogy?

Well, we know The Matrix Resurrections is going to feature beloved characters not looking exactly as they did. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is playing Morpheus in the new movie, instead of Laurence Fishburne, and an explanation of his character gives us a hint to why Groff might be Agent Smith.

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"This is definitely a different iteration of the character," Abdul-Mateen II noted. "What the viewers will come to understand is that there are many rules of the Matrix. Age, appearance, the things we identify as real, can be manipulated in that world. The Matrix is where anything is possible."

So what if Groff is just playing a version of Agent Smith from a different version of the Matrix than we saw in the first movie? After all, like Neo and Trinity, Agent Smith died in the original trilogy, so a straightforward comeback was off the menu.

If Groff's mysterious character really is Agent Smith or an Agent Smith-like character, it could explain his different look in the first trailer. In the footage, he appeared to be a therapist like Neil Patrick Harris's character.

Jonathan Groff in The Matrix Resurrections trailer © Warner Bros. Jonathan Groff in The Matrix Resurrections trailer

Maybe they included this scene rather than any other because it could have given the game away? If Groff was seen in the get-up as the poster, perhaps fighting Neo, the secret could have been revealed too soon.

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In this context, his sole line of dialogue takes on more of an Agent Smith vibe of taunting Neo. Instead of something like "that is the sound of inevitability", we had: "After all these years to be going back to where it all started: back to the Matrix."

Something that could add weight to the theory is that we know the original plan for The Matrix Resurrections did include Agent Smith. Hugo Weaving revealed in September 2020 that he was originally going to reprise his iconic role, only for scheduling conflicts to get in the way.

"Lana [Wachowski] was very keen for me to be involved in The Matrix. There was a reading with Keanu, Carrie and myself and a few others from the old family. I loved a lot of it and wasn't sure about other bits," he recalled.

"We were all pretty much sorted and agreed on [filming] dates and it was all fine, but then Lana decided she didn't think it was going to work. So, she pulled the plug on the negotiations. That's where it ended up."

Hugo Weaving standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: The Matrix Agent Smith © Warner Bros. The Matrix Agent Smith

It could well be that even though Weaving wasn't able to reprise his role, Agent Smith stayed in the movie anyway. As mentioned, it wouldn't be the only character played by a different actor, so it's not out of the realms of possibility.

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There's even been theories about how Priyanka Chopra Jonas's character is the grown-up version of Sati, while it's thought that Neil Patrick Harris might be playing a different version of the Oracle. What's one more recasting to add to the pile if both of those prove to be true?

Don't expect answers anytime soon, but at least we don't have too long to wait to find out.

The Matrix Resurrections is released in cinemas on December 22. It will also be available to watch on HBO Max in the US.

Matrix 4: Jonathan Groff on how he went about playing his Agent Smith-like character .
Jonathan Groff talks to Total Film and GamesRadar+ about making the character his ownFor instance, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are back as Neo and Trinity, despite dying in The Matrix Revolutions. Jada Pinket Smith returns as Niobe, though a much older version. Morpheus is back but played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. And even Agent Smith returns, kinda, with Jonathan Groff as a character very much akin to Hugo Weaving's iconic agent. While interviewing the cast of The Matrix Resurrections, Total Film and GamesRadar+ spoke to Groff – best known for his lead role in Mindhunter – about playing Agent Smith.

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