Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, the actor behind Black Manta in the DC superhero flick for Warner Bros., is deciding to take the red pill as he's now in talks for one of the lead roles in the sci-fi franchise's fourth installment, EW has learned. And while that he didn't divulge more information - other than the fact he was "absolutely" excited to reprise the role of The One for a new instalment in the Matrix franchise - the fact he's read the script should have fans excited.
Warner Bros. announced in August that a fourth "Matrix" film is officially in the works, with Reeves and Moss returning and Wachowski on board to write and direct. Warner Bros.
Variety has word on Yahya Abdul-Mateen II joining The Matrix 4 cast. 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.
Details on Abdul-Mateen's character have not been released.
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.
Little is known about the fourth Matrix film, including a title or plot. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are hoping to begin production sometime in early 2020.
Lana Wachowski, the co-creator, co-writer, and co-director of The Matrix trilogy, will return to direct the sequel.
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.