Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to star in The Matrix 4
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is to star in the long-awaited fourth instalment of The Matrix.
It was confirmed last month that Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will return to lead a fourth movie in the hugely lucrative franchise, which grossed over $3 billion at the box office.
It is the first movie in the franchise since 2003's The Matrix Revolutions.
Both Reeves and Moss are set to reprise their roles in a fourth Matrix movie, which will be written, directed and produced by one of the film's original co-creators, Lana Wachowski. Her sister Lilly, who co-directed the originals, will not work on the new movie.
Mateen II, who is best known for his role as villain Black Manta in Aquaman, has been cast in a role which is currently unnamed.
Rumours about a fourth Matrix film have been circulating since as far back as 2017, when reports stated that Warner Bros. were in the “early stages” of developing a new instalment in the franchise. However, new on that front had been scarce until the announcement by the studio, who say they are “thrilled” that Wachowski is returning to write and direct.
Warner Brothers Pictures chairman Toby Emmerich added that the studio “could not be more excited” about the franchise's return.
Ms. Wachowski said in a statement that the themes of the original film are “even more relevant now” than when the film was originally released, adding that she is “very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends." Wachowski's co-writers on the new film are Alexander Hemon and Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell.
Production on the film will begin in February 2020.