The upcoming Matrix 4 film looks like it may have found its newest lead actor in Aquaman antagonist Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
After years of whispers and rumors, Matrix fans were stunned and excited when The Matrix 4 was officially announced a few weeks ago. The upcoming movie will see the return of Lana Wachowski — who was the writer and director of the original film series, along with her sister Lilly — in the role of writer and director.
The Matrix 4 will also feature the return of its original stars — Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss — as iconic characters Neo and Trinity.
Now it looks like a third name will be joining them, though this one is part of the series for the first time.
Variety broke the news earlier today that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, recently seen in WB/DC’s Aquaman as Black Manta and set to debut in HBO’s upcoming Watchmen series, is in final talks to join the newest installment of the Matrix film franchise.
According to Variety, director Lana Wachowski met with actors for the secret role over the last week, and in recent days, Abdul-Mateen emerged as the frontrunner to join Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss.
As the movie was only just announced, we still don’t know anything about the plot details, how the film will connect to the previous Matrix movies or if any other stars from the original trilogy will be returning to the cast of this movie.
While it was rumored a young Morpheus could appear in the movie, sources close to the film would not confirm what specific role Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is currently vying for.
As the Matrix 4 is expected to begin production at the beginning of 2020, we’re sure to hear more details soon about the role that Abdul-Mateen is playing, along with more exciting casting news.