Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Joins The Matrix 4

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Although it was officially announced back in August, this week we’ve finally got our first bit of major casting news for the long-awaited fourth Matrix movie. At the time, it was confirmed that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss would be returning to reprise their roles while Laurence Fishburne would not. However, there has been speculation that Morpheus might be recast and now that speculation is intensifying with the addition of the first new cast member. Hit the jump to find out what we know.

According to Variety, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has joined the cast of The Matrix 4 in one of the lead roles. Details are being kept under wraps but there seems to be a strong belief that he could be playing a younger version of Morpheus. Lana Wachowski is directing the movie from a script that she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

Abdul-Mateen is best known for playing Black Manta in Aquaman but he also appeared in Jordan Peele’s Us and the Black Mirror episode “Striking Vipers” earlier this year. He will next lead Peele’s upcoming Candyman reboot with additional roles in HBO’s Watchmen and Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7. The Matrix 4 will start production in early 2020 but isn’t scheduled to hit theatres until 2022. What do you think of this casting news?

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  • Jake

    I’m curious what the reason is behind this. If they actually have a good story that just doesn’t feature older Morpheus, or do they just not want to work with Fishburne?

  • Sean

    I could be wrong but I believe Fishburne opted out.

  • Jake

    Oh ok, that’s understandable. If the script always had a younger Morpheus, I wonder if the original idea was to de-age Fishburne. Seems to be all the rage these days.

  • Lori Cerny

    I’m in! I didn’t know the actor’s name, but he definitely stood out to me in Us and Aquaman.

    Don’t see any resemblance to Fishburne, but CGI could fix that.