Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins Matrix 4 in Lead Role

Back in August, word broke that The Matrix 4 is in the works, with both Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss slated to return as Neo and Trinity, respectively. And while that he didn't divulge more information - other than the fact he was "absolutely" excited to reprise the role of The One for a new instalment in the Matrix franchise - the fact he's read the script should have fans excited. Variety is reporting that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in a leading role in The Matrix 4.

Variety first reported the news of Abdul-Mateen II's casting. In the original 1999 film, Reeves plays the hero named Neo who is destined by a prophecy to free the human race after he awakes from his dream and joins up with a team of rebels to fight humanity's slavers. While there have been rumors of a young Morpheus being involved in the story somehow, reporter Justin Kroll said he couldn't get confirmation on that.

In addition to his breakout role as Manta in Warner Bros.' "Aquaman", Abdul-Mateen portrayed Lupita Nyong'o's character's father in Jordan Peele's hit "Us" and had a starring role in an episode of "Black Mirror".

Laurence Fishburne played the role of Morpheus in The Matrix and the two sequels that followed.

Plot details are now unknown and while it was rumored a young Morpheus could appear in the movie, sources close to the film would not confirm Abdul-Mateen's specific role. Instead, Lana has written the script with The Lazarus Project author Aleksandar Hemon and novelist David Mitchell.

The Matrix 4 cast has begun to take shape.

As for the return of The Matrix franchise, it's hard to know what to expect with plot details being kept under tight wraps.

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