Lana Wachowski’s Matrix 4 movie has been at the top of the news headlines in the pop culture world. And for all the wrong reasons. It was recently confirmed by Hugo Weaving that it was her her who had halted Agent Smith’s return to the franchise. The movie will see the return of core cast members Keanu Reeves, Carrie Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith. It will reportedly be set after the events of The Matrix: Revolutions. And the return of the Machines will also see the come-back of a major antagonist into the upcoming project. Matrix 4 will have Daniel Bernhardt reprise the role of Agent Johnson from the 2003’s Matrix Reloaded movie.
The movie recently resumed production after the restrictions were lifted by the government authorities. Matrix 4, which is set for a release next year, is back on track. While familiar faces are returning, some of the older ones will not be seen in the new Matrix 4 movie. To be precise, Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith and Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus will not be coming for the fourth installment to the Matrix franchise.
As reported by a prominent magazine, Daniel Bernhardt is returning as the sinister Agent Johnson. Bernhardt’s Agent Johnson was seen in the 2003 Matrix: Reloaded. He had an epic encounter with Neo and Morpheus in a legendary fight sequence. Johnson was again seen fighting Ghost and Niobe. After that, Bernhardt’s character remained elusive, not having any more appearances in the Matrix franchise. He was completely absent in the third Matrix movie – The Matrix: Revolutions.
Daniel Bernhardt has kept himself busy by partaking in some very high profile movie projects. An accomplished stuntman and action choreographer, he has made his mark on Hollywood. Having had appeared in blockbuster movies like Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Logan, Birds of Prey, and John Wick, Bernhardt has made his presence felt in Hollywood ever since 2003. He is a very well-known personality in the movie making industry. His return to Matrix 4 as Agent Johnson might end up being a good thing after all.
Agent Johnson was one of the many computer programs designed into the Matrix to act as watchdogs. They had access to abilities in the virtual world that normal human beings will never be able to unlock. Agent Johnson’s casting would mean such malicious programs still exist within the digital confines of The Matrix. Matrix 4 will see Neo and his allies trying to fight their way out of a new unforeseen threat. Agent Johnson might be a pawn or the King of the board.
But what if it is the latter? Now that Agent Smith is off the table, someone has to fill in those big shoes. Back when Weaving’s Smith took over as the lead antagonist, everyone cried foul. He ultimately won the hearts and minds of all Matrix fans with a stellar performance. Agent Johnson’s Cryptic return to Matrix 4 is sending mixed signals. Lana Wachowski is actively looking for an Agent Smith replacement after scheduling issues blocked Weaving’s Agent Smith’s return to the movie. She just might have found her lead villain in Daniel Bernhardt’s Agent Johnson.
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Exact plot details for Matrix 4 are not known as of now. From what we know so far, the fourth Matrix movie will be full of twists and turns of epic proportions. Lana Wachowski wrote the screenplay for the movie along with co-writers Aleksander Hemon of The Lazarus Project and David Mitchell of Cloud Atlas fame. Matrix 4 is set for an April 1st, 2021 release date.