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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II “I really enjoyed” making a new Morpheus

by Stewart Cole

One of the biggest surprises for The Matrix Resurrections It was not just that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss would reprise their roles for the film, but that Lawrence Fisburn would not be playing in his place. Aquaman The protagonist Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would play Morpheus. This was strange not only because Neo and Trinity had died in the last film, but also because Morpheus had not died. Now that the film has been released, we know there was a reason behind this rewrite, Yahya’s Morpheus is not the real Morpheus and therefore, it is a little different from what fans would expect from the character who appeared in the original trilogy.

“Definitely playing a character and playing Morpheus, it was my job not to literally portray Laurence Fishburne as Morpheus, but to understand this story,” revealed Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. THAT ONE. “I was lucky enough to play a character who knew the story of the Matrix but also evolved into his own, he had a kind of development and rebirth for himself. For me, I saw it as an opportunity to create a character with a little freedom and expression and to really learn what it was that I liked, as Morpheus, about myself and what I had to contribute to the world and what I had to say to this universe. I was very happy “.

Abdul-Mateen II went on to say that he intended to “pay tribute to Laurence Fishburne’s performance” by adding something of his own to the character. He also revealed that on the page his character was never meant to be Morpheus, and as we know from the movie, he is not (in short, it is a digital program based on Morpheus’s New Memories who believe he is Morpheus when he is not are, more details here). Instead, the script for Resurrections said that “he was playing a guy who knew Moprheus and even a little tongue-in-cheek to talk about how serious Morpheus was.

“It gave me some guidelines to go in the opposite direction from what it was,” Yahya added. “As I mentioned, he was first discovering himself, his own abilities, he exists in a world where he does not have the same limitations he had in a previous life. So he has been reborn as this guy who is also called Morpheus and has a very specific “But he is on a journey to understand who he is and how he exists in the world.”

The Matrix Resurrections now starring in theaters around the world and aired on HBO Max.

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