‘Matrix Resurrections’: Why has Agent Smith changed his face?

On this occasion, actor Jonathan Groff has been commissioned to embody this mythical character in the return of the saga to the big screen.


Matrix he’s back, and he has done it with Matrix Resurrections from the hand of old, new and other characters that we already knew but giving them another image. This is the case of the character of Morpheus, now played by Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and agent Smith, who is given life by actor Jonathan Groff. But at first this was not going to have been like that. The scriptwriters of the film had prepared this last character based on Hugo Weaving, the actor who played this character in the previous trilogy.

Unlike Morpheus, which is a reinterpretation of the character that Laurence Fishburne played in Matrix 1, 2 Y 3, and that as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II assured in an interview with SensaCine, this character is a “completely different new version”; but Agent Smith is not. So why didn’t it become part of the Weaving project?

The co-writer of Matrix Resurrections, Aleksandar Hemon, has deflected io9 some details of the last minute changes they had to face: “We wrote some papers, I will not reveal it, but we wrote a character for someone we thought would play it and then it wasn’t possible. And even so, we don’t change anything radically, but we imagine this actor in the role. “

Finally he came to confess to whom that last change belonged: “There were preliminary conversations (with Weaving) and that is why we were not involved in them with the rest, but it was not carried out at all. Since the premise of The Matrix and (this) movie is somewhat different, Agent Smith would have been different in some respects, no matter who played him. “A problem on the actor’s schedule was a major impediment to returning to the scene. saga.

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With the unexpected departure of Weaving came Jonathan Groff, of whom the co-writer only has words of admiration for the incredible work he has done. “He’s amazing (Groff) in that role. It has added a dimension that I couldn’t foresee while we were writing the script. But there is more emotionality in the movie and he fits that pattern. “