Variety reports that Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Candyman, Aquaman) has landed a lead role in Matrix 4 that will be directed by Lana Wachowski with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning to the franchise.

“Aquaman” star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed one of the lead roles in the latest installment in the “Matrix” franchise.

Sources tell Variety that director Lana Wachowski had been meeting with actors for the secret role over the last week and in recent days, Abdul-Mateen emerged as the frontrunner to join Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles in the film.

Variety’s Justin Kroll has been alluding this role was going to be a young Morpheus (previously played by Laurence Fishburne), however, is keeping mum here is that happens to be the role that was cast with Yahya.

Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell penned the film’s script.

Filming is expected to begin filming next year (possibly February) in Chicago, Illinois under the working title of Project Ice Cream.

While the original Matrix from 1999 was a landmark action film, the subsequent sequels Matrix: Reloaded and Matrix: Revolutions didn’t have the same level of quality.

It’ll be interesting to see the direction they’ll be going with this fourth installment and if they plan on making more than this single project.

Warner Bros. hasn’t given Matrix 4 an official release date.

Neo (Keanu Reeves) believes that Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), an elusive figure considered to be the most dangerous man alive, can answer his question — What is the Matrix? Neo is contacted by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss), a beautiful stranger who leads him into an underworld where he meets Morpheus. They fight a brutal battle for their lives against a cadre of viciously intelligent secret agents. It is a truth that could cost Neo something more precious than his life.

SOURCE: VARIETY

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