It has been 20 years since The Matrix first came out in theaters everywhere. Back in August, Warner Bros. made the surprise announcement that they begun development for a Matrix 4. According to Variety, the fourth film of the iconic franchise has found its new lead.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, best known for his role as Black Manta in 2018’s Aquaman, has landed the lead role in Matrix 4. He will join the likes of Keanu Reeves and Carrie- Anne Moss, who previously appeared in the first three films as Neo and Trinity, respectively.
Director Lana Wachowski will also return as director for the fourth film of the franchise. Wachowski had been meeting actors earlier this week and Abdul-Mateen has become a likely candidate to join the Matrix. It is unclear at this time, but Abdul-Mateen’s character may have a connection to Morpheus, possibly portraying a younger version of the character that was played by Laurence Fishburne.
Wachowski is teaming up with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell to pen the script. Wachowski is also producing the film alongside Grant Hill. Warner Bros. is eyeing early 2020 to start production.
Abdul-Mateen is on the rise in Hollywood. Since appearing in Aquaman, he has gone on to star in Jordan Peele’s film, Us, playing the father of Lupita Nyong’o’s character in the film. He also made an appearance in Netflix’s popular series, Black Mirror. You can catch Abdul-Mateen in his next role as Carl Abar in HBO’s TV series, Watchmen.
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