‘Matrix 4’: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Lands Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE)

‘Matrix 4’: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Lands Lead Role (EXCLUSIVE)

The Matrix 4 was announced in August, with Reeves set to reprise his role as computer programmer Neo and Moss returning as hacker Trinity.

This is all speculation, based on a report of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's casting that comes from Variety.

By my measurements, Abdul-Mateen has become one of our most interesting up-and-coming actors. Michael B Jordan was previously linked to playing a Young Morpheus, though nothing was confirmed. Hopefully his exposure from The Matrix 4 will catapult him into more major roles.

Abdul-Mateen has been on a hot streak lately: there was his somewhat underdeveloped role as Black Manta in Aquaman, a supporting role in Jordan Peele's Us, and a starring role in an episode of Black Mirror.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will be joining Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the new Matrix 4 film.

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According to CNET sister site, unconfirmed rumors suggest Abdul-Mateen will be playing a young version of Morpheus, the role played by Laurence Fishburne in the 1999 original film.

Plot and character details are under wraps at this time.

The actor also stars opposite Regina King in HBO's Watchmen TV series from producer Damon Lindelof, and he's been cast as Hollywood's new Candyman and in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Production on the film is scheduled to begin in early 2020, Wachowski co-wrote the script with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell and will direct the film as well.

Lana Wachowski's The Matrix 4 is teeing up to bring the franchise back in a huge way. Lilly Wachowski, a co-director, co-writer and co-EP in the original franchise, is said not to be involved in the fourthquel.

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