Having officially announced a return to The Matrix back in August, Warner Bros. and director Lana Wachowski have now kicked off the casting on the fourth movie in the sci-fi action franchise with Deadline reporting that Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has signed on alongside the returning Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Although it’s yet to be confirmed, Deadline’s article suggests that Abdul-Mateen could be playing a young version of Morpheus, who was originally played by Laurence Fishburne in 1999’s The Matrix and its 2003 sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions.
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Plot details on The Matrix 4 are being kept under wraps, and all that is known about the project so far is that Wachowski will direct from a script she has co-written with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. The script is complete – with Keanu Reeves describing it as “very ambitious” – and filming is expected to get underway early in the New Year.
Abdul-Mateen was last seen on the big screen in Jordan Peele’s Us, and has the drama films Sweetness in the Belly, All Day and a Night and The Trial of the Chicago 7 on his upcoming slate. He also appears in the HBO series Watchmen, which premieres this month.