A new lead cast member has been added to The Matrix 4.
Aquaman actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played the villain Manta in the DC film, has been cast in a lead role in the recently-announced fourth film in the Matrix franchise. He’ll be joining Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, both of whom are reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity respectively.
Plot details are being kept deeply hidden in code, but rumours are that Abdul-Mateen could be playing a younger version of Morpheus, the role that Laurence Fishburne played in the trilogy. While Deadline does reiterate that there is speculation it’s Morpheus he’s playing, there’s no official confirmation on that front as yet. As to why or how we’re getting a young Morpheus with Neo and Trinity presumably at current age is anyone’s guess.
Variety broke the news of Abdul-Mateen’s casting, reporting that the actor had been meeting with director Lana Wachowski over the last few days. After co-directing the three Matrix films with sister Lilly, Lana will be directing in solo capacity and is writing the screenplay with Aleksandar Hemon (Sense8) and David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas novel author).
Abdul-Mateen is having a good couple of years. Apart from Aquaman, he had a role in Jordan Peele’s Us and Black Mirror episode Striking Vipers, and will be playing Cal Abar in the upcoming Watchmen series, will be among the cast of Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7, and also has a role in the Peele-produced new Candyman movie.
The fourth Matrix movie is expected to begin production in early 2020.