'The Matrix 4' Casts Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Lead Role

Warner Bros.

Warner Bros.

It was revealed back in August that a fourth Matrix film is underway, with both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss set to reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. It appears a new mind is looking to be freed, with actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joining the cast of The Matrix 4 in a lead role.

Abdul-Mateen’s star is quickly rising, with the actor featuring as Black Manta in the superhero blockbuster Aquaman as well as landing a small role in Jordan Peele’s Us. He also had a major role in Netflix’s fifth season of Black Mirror. Abdul-Mateen’s upcoming credits include HBO’s Watchmen series as well as a leading role in Peele’s Candyman remake. Additionally, the actor will once again team with Netflix (The Get Down, Black Mirror) to star in All Day and a Night and will feature in Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7.

While it’s currently unknown who Abdul-Mateen will portray in The Matrix 4, rumors have been swirling that the film will feature a younger version of Laurence Fishburne’s Morpheus. It’s possible that he could be up for this role, but the franchise has always prominently featured POC actors, so it’s just as likely Abdul-Mateen is playing an entirely new character.

Co-creator, co-writer, and co-director of The Matrix trilogy Lana Wachowski will return to direct the new franchise entry. She will also co-write the script alongside Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski will produce with Grant Hill.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film.

The Matrix 4 is expected to begin production in early 2020.