Yahya Abdul-Mateen Dives Into MATRIX 4

Black Manta, Red Pill.

Lana Wachowski's The Matrix 4 is teeing up to bring the franchise back in a huge way. Not only are original trilogy leads Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles, but Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been cast in an unnamed major role.

This news comes to us via Variety's Justin Kroll, who went on to tweet "while I was originally told this would be for a young Morphius, sources close to the project would not confirm with one adding it would be inaccurate to say that." Kroll also tweeted that "there is still a strong possibility he would be playing someone connected to [Morpheus] like a son or nephew" but there's no confirmation for that at the moment.

By my measurements, Abdul-Mateen has become one of our most interesting up-and-coming actors. A former member of The Get Down's brilliant ensemble, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II went on to kill it with minor roles in Aquaman and Us, and most recently starred in the best episode of Black Mirror's latest season. There was an exciting period of time where it seemed like he would be our new Candyman, until Tony Todd announced he was reprising his role. Hopefully his exposure from The Matrix 4 will catapult him into more major roles.

Details about The Matrix 4 are being strongly kept under lock and key. We have no idea when it will be out, but you can rest assured we'll be there to see a Wachowski's return to this wonderfully weird cyber-reality.