Rumours immediately started spreading as soon as word got out that Hugo Weaving would not be in appearing in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.” Weaving had previously starred as the villainous Red Skull in 2011’s “Captain America,” and fans expected that he would reprise the role in future films, but such was not the case. When Joe and Anthony Russo confirmed that he had been approached but had turned them down, fans started to wonder if Weaving would return for the Matrix 4. As it turns out, Weaving won’t return as Agent Smith.
The respected Australian actor explained his reasons for not donning the Red Skull character again in an interview with Time Out. During the interview, which was set to promote his upcoming role in the National Theatre’s upcoming “The Visit” with Lesley Manville, Weaving explained that he had turned down Marvel because they offered him less than what he had been contracted to be paid should he reprise the role. “The Matrix is a very different story,” explains Weaving. “It’s unfortunate but actually I had this offer 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 eight weeks to work out that the dates would work—I held off on accepting . I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me.”
It’s unfortunate that Weaving won’t be available to play Agent Smith again, and perhaps even more so for him as he sounds like he truly enjoyed playing the role. But if you have a hankering to see Weaving work his craft, you can catch him in “The Visit” playing at the National Theater January 31 through May 13.