The untitled fourth Matrix film cast Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to join the returning Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss. Director Lana Wachowski, who will also write and produce, met with actors for a secret role in recent weeks, according to Variety with Abdul-Mateen emerging as the frontrunner.
Success of "The Matrix" films
Warner Bros. announced The Matrix sequel in August reuniting Wachowski, Reeves and Moss. Lana and her sister Lilly Wachowski wrote and directed the first three films: The Matrix (1999), The Matrix: Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix: Revolutions (2003). The films grossed a combined $592 million at the box office domestically and $1.6 billion globally. Like the previous films, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute Matrix 4.
The announcement of the new film comes as no surprise considering Reeves' resurgence with the success of the John Wick franchise. Before shooting can begin, he also has to wrap up his commitments with beloved franchise in Bill & Ted Face the Music with costar Alex Winter. Moss is coming off her intense turn as power attorney Jeri Hogarth for the Netflix Marvel television universe.
Joining Wachowski to write are Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Grant Hill will co-produce. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2020. There are no plot details released about the film nor any information regarding who Abdul-Mateen will play.
Abdul-Mateen II's appeared in many high profile roles. He played the main villain Manta in Aquaman (2018), Russel Thomas in Us (2019), and as Karl in the Black Mirror season five episode "Striking Vipers". You can soon catch him as Cal Abar in the HBO series Watchmen. He'll be in the upcoming films: the Candyman remake, All Day and a Night, and The Trial of the Chicago 7.