Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed a lead role in The Matrix 4. Abdul-Mateen II will join previously announced stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. Director Lana Wachowski is back with the franchise for the mysterious fourth installment, which was just officially announced. After years of rumors, the movie is finally happening with original stars Reeves and Moss, which many believed would never ever happen. However, Wachowski and crew feel like now is the time to bring The Matrix franchise back.
It is believed that Lana Wachowski was meeting with actors over the past few weeks for a "secret role" in The Matrix 4. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been chosen out of the actors Wachowski met with. Nothing about his character has been revealed at this time, which makes sense, since we know next to nothing about the sequel. However, Abdul-Mateen II will have a lead role alongside Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. In addition to directing, Wachowski is also on board as the writer.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II broke out with his role as Black Manta in last year's Aquaman and had a role in Jordan Peele's Us. He was most recently cast to play Black Panther co-founder Bobby Seale in The Trial of the Chicago 7 and has reunited with Peele for the new Candyman movie, which will hit theaters in 2020. It was originally believed that he was taking on the titular role in the upcoming horror movie, but that theory has been officially debunked. Instead, it is looking like original star Tony Todd will be back in the lead role this time around.
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In addition to The Matrix 4, it was recently revealed another Matrix project is still in development at Warner Bros. Zak Penn announced on social media that his untitled project is still in the works and explained that it takes place before the events of the first installment. It remains to be seen if Penn's story will ever see the light of day now that Lana Wachowski is back on board with the franchise, but there still could be hope for the project at some point down the line.
As for further casting in The Matrix 4, it has been rumored Lana Wachowski is looking for an actor to play a younger version of Keanu Reeves' Neo, though that has not been confirmed at this time. Along with Wachowski, the story was written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski is also producing with Grant Hill and production is expected to begin at the beginning of 2020, which makes sense as a lot of the casting seems to be taking place right now. It's only a matter of time before we start seeing photos of Reeves on the set as Neo and we will more than likely see the actor doing nice things for the people who live by the set. Variety was the first to announce Yahya Abdul-Mateen II's casting.
Everyone was totally caught off guard when news of a new installment in The Matrix franchise was announced back in August. Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity for the sequel, but only Lana Wachowski is said to be coming back to direct, with Lily Wachowski seemingly sitting this one out. But along with familiar faces returning in The Matrix 4 cast, there will be some new ones in the mix too, and one of them is Aquaman villain Yahya Abdul-Mateen II.
Variety has word on Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joining The Matrix 4 cast. As for who he is playing, that hasn’t been made clear. 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. Here’s what he wrote on Twitter:
That said, a couple insiders added that even if he isn't play a version of Morphius, there is still a strong possibility he would be playing someone connected to the character like a son or nephew but for now its unknown
— Justin Kroll @krolljvar October 9, 2019
Laurence Fishburne played the role of Morpheus in The Matrix and the two sequels that followed. If Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are both reprising their roles in The Matrix 4, then why couldn’t Fishburne return in his same role as well? Perhaps that’s why there’s a chance Abdul-Mateen may be playing a character with ties to Morpheus instead of a young version of the character.
Abdul-Mateen has been on a hot streak lately: there was his somewhat underdeveloped role as Black Manta in Aquaman, a supporting role in Jordan Peele’s Us, and a starring role in an episode of Black Mirror. Next we’ll see him in HBO’s new Watchmen series, and he’s also taking on the lead role in Candyman, the forthcoming remake of the horror property that is being produced by Jordan Peele. Plus, he’s got a role in Aaron Sorkin’s Trial of the Chicago 7.
As for the return of The Matrix franchise, it’s hard to know what to expect with plot details being kept under tight wraps. However, with a script from Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell already complete, Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are hoping to begin production sometime in early 2020. While I’m extremely curious about The Matrix 4, I must say that not having both of the Wachowskis back behind the camera makes me a little cautious. Why is Lana Wachowski returning while Lily Wachowski is staying away? Hopefully this won’t feel like a cash grab revival and actually has a good reason for jacking back in.
Zak Penn has revealed that Warner Bros. is actively developing two The Matrix projects. Fans of the franchise were blown away in August when it was officially announced that Lana Wachowski was on board both writing and directing The Matrix 4. In addition, it was revealed original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning to reprise their roles of Neo and Trinity, respectively. Since then, fans have wondered about Penn's story, which he has been working on for quite some time now.
Nearly two years ago, Zak Penn revealed he was working on something in the Matrix universe, though he did not specify what it was. With that being said, it's not going to be a remake or a reboot, which should put some fans at ease. Penn had this to say about his upcoming project and Lana Wachowski's.
"People keep asking, so let me clarify there are two different Matrix projects at WB. I wrote one set earlier in the timeline of the Matrix universe. Lana Wachowski is directing a sequel that I did not work on but can't wait to see. Neither of them are reboots.
It doesn't sound like Zak Penn can say a whole lot about his Matrix project, but we at least know that it takes place earlier in the timeline and that it will not be a reboot. The writer has said that he harassed Warner Bros. about getting the franchise off of the ground again. Instead of rebooting, Penn revealed that he wanted to expand The Matrix universe, which seems to still be the case and something he's still excited about.
As for Lana Wachowski's Matrix 4 movie, it's unclear what that will be at this time. Just last week it was revealed that the production is looking for an actor to portray a younger version of Keanu Reeves' Neo. The production is looking to work with a lot of the same crew and artists that worked on the first installments to keep everything uniform. "We could not be more excited to be re-entering the Matrix with Lana," Warner Bros. chief Toby Emmerich said when Matrix 4 was announced. He continued by saying, "we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix."
Matrix 4 will reportedly also bring back a young Morpheus too, though that has not been officially confirmed at this time. When asked about the upcoming sequel, Keanu Reeves only said that it is, "very ambitious." That's pretty vague, but that's how things have to be for now as Lana Wachowski puts the finishing touches on the script and prepares for production. With casting already underway, we could see the movie starting pretty soon. As for Zak Penn's Matrix project, it's unclear where in the development phase that one is. You can check out Zak Penn's Twitter clarification below.
people keep asking, so let me clarify there are two different #Matrix projects at wb. i wrote one set earlier in the timeline of the matrix universe. Lana Wachowski is directing a sequel that i did not work on, but cant wait to see. Neither of them are reboots. #notareboot
Heads up, sci-fi loves because The Matrix 4 just got a whole lot more interesting. Not that the prospect of this movie happening in the first place isn't interesting enough, but considering that little to nothing is known about it, any information comes at a premium right now. As such, knowing that the project is looking to cast an actor as a young version of Neo is intriguing. Not only that, but Warner Bros. and director Lana Wachowski are hoping to begin filming in February 2020.
This new bit of info comes from Variety report Justin Kroll. The journalist was recently a guest on a podcast and, at one point, the subject of The Matrix 4 came up. It had been previously revealed that Keanu Reeves was set to return as Neo, and it had also been reported that the studio was looking to cast a young Morpheus. According to Kroll, we should be hearing word very soon on both the Neo and Morpheus front. Here's what he had to say about it.
"Now I think within the next week or two we'll have young Morpheus and young Neo news coming up. Because I know Lana's meeting with people quite aggressively because they want to shoot that in February."
With that in mind, it could help shed some light on the plot. Long before the sequel was officially announced, there were abundant rumors that the Wachowskis were looking to possibly tackle a prequel set in the same universe as The Matrix. It sounds very much like The Matrix 4 will be heading back to the past, in addition to picking up with the same characters we know from the original trilogy. It's also worth mentioning that Carrie-Anne Moss is said to be reprising her role as Trinity as well. Does this mean we can also expect to see a young Trinity? For now, we're left with more questions than answers.
The real question becomes, who could possibly play a young Neo alongside Keanu Reeves? No actors have been named just yet, so all we can do is hopelessly speculate. The same goes for Morpheus, as no specific stars have come up. Though, it was rumored way back when that Michael B. Jordan was being eyed for the part before Warner Bros. officially announced that it was happening.
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What we know for sure is that Lana Wachowski is directing solo this time around, as her sister Lily Wachowski is not involved, at least not as far as has been reported. Wachowski co-wrote the script alongside Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. The Matrix, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, remains a landmark achievement in sci-fi cinema, even if the sequels didn't quite reach that same level, in the eyes of many fans. The Matrix 4 does not yet have a release date set, but we'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details are made available. For more, check out the latest episode of the My Mom's Basement podcast.
Keanu Reeves hasn't said much about The Matrix 4 yet, but he is willing to tell us that the story is very ambitious. We learned back in August, after rumors had persisted for some time, that the iconic sci-fi franchise is indeed returning with the original team reuniting to make it happen. For the time being, the project remains a huge mystery. Though, at least now that the news is out in the open Reeves can at least talk about it, even if he's not willing to say very much just yet.
The John Wick star was recently being interviewed during the premiere of Semper-Fi, his sister, Karina Miller's new movie. Naturally, the subject of The Matrix 4 came up. Keanu Reeves did his best to avoid the subject, albeit politely, as he doesn't want to spoil anything. When asked specifically if he had read the script yet, here's what Keanu Reeves had to say.
"I have yeah... It's very ambitious, as it should be."
It's not much, but it's something. The screenplay in question is written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the original trilogy alongside her sister, Lily Wachowski, as well as Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. When the official announcement was made, no story details were revealed, so it's hard to know how, precisely, Neo will be able to return. Carrie-Anne Moss is also set to reprise her role as Trinity, which raises even more questions that, tragically, for the time being anyway, have no official answers. As far as Morpheus goes, it's been reported that the movie will feature a young version of Morpheus. Again, that raises questions, like what level of involvement Laurence Fishburne would have, if any.
Lana Wachowski is set to direct this installment solo. Lily Wachowski won't be joining her sister this time around. It hasn't been made clear why she opted not to return. Cinematographer John Toll has also boarded the project, who worked with the Wachowskis previously on Cloud Atlas. Chad Stahelski, director of the John Wick movies, worked as a stuntman on the original Matrix trilogy. Stahelksi previously expressed interest in returning in some capacity, but it's unclear at this time if his schedule will allow for it.
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The Matrix, 20 years later, remains one of the most influential and beloved sci-fi movies ever made. The sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, have a much more complex legacy. Still, even if they're not as widely embraced, the franchise was a huge moneymaker, as the trilogy brought in $1.6 billion at the global box office. The Matrix 4 does not yet have a release date set, nor is it clear how soon they intend to ramp up production. Keanu Reeves remains busy, as he just wrapped filming on Bill & Ted Face the Music recently, and he's also got John Wick 4 on his to-do list. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details are made available. This news comes to us vis Entertainment Tonight.
“The Matrix 4” is shaping up to be a major event, with Lana Wachowski at the helm to direct and co-write alongside fiction writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell, one of the most visionary sci-fi writers of our time. But another artist has joined the ranks.
Cinematographer John Toll will lens the fourth installment in “The Matrix” franchise. He is an Academy Award winner for “Braveheart” and “Legends of the Fall,” and was also nominated for Terrence Malick’s “The Thin Red Line.” Toll also shot Ang Lee’s box-office failure “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at an extra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second, an experiment that Lee will tinker with once again for “Gemini Man.”
Wachowski previously worked with Toll on the much-maligned “Jupiter Ascending,” the shuttered Netflix series “Sense8,” and the ambitious “Cloud Atlas,” based on the time-hopping novel by “Matrix 4” scribe David Mitchell.
The latest entry in “The Matrix” series will reunite stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss. The groundbreaking 1999 film is about to re-enter theaters in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
“We could not be more excited to be re-entering 'The Matrix' with Lana,” said Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich in a statement earlier this week. “Lana [Wachowski] is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in 'The Matrix' universe.”
The word is still out if Lana's sister, Lilly Wachowski, will be involved in the project, but in a statement to Variety, her sister's contributions were still top of mind. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I'm very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Lana Wachowski said.
Over the course of the three previous “Matrix” films, which include “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” and “The Matrix Revolutions,” the franchise pulled in more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. However, the sequels were met with critical derision, which means “Matrix 4” may be an opportunity for Wachowski to rewrite history.