Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who played Black Manta in Aquaman, is "in talks" for a role in the fourth Matrix film, Warner Bros. confirmed on Wednesday. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich said in a statement in August about the new Matrix title. However, it's unknown if Abdul-Mateen is up for that role or a different character in the film.
Rumors have been speculating that a young Morpheus would be appearing in The Matrix 4, and the role was previously rumored to be a crucial part to the then uncertain sequel, with Michael B. Jordan being mentioned as a possible candidate.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss will be reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity in the new film, and Lana Wachowski will produce, direct and co-write.
Variety reports that - although rumours have swelled that director Lana Wachowski has been searching for an actor to play Young Morpheus - there's no confirmation as to whether Abdul-Mateen will portray a new version of Laurence Fishburne's iconic character.
The actor also stars opposite Regina King in HBO's Watchmen TV series from producer Damon Lindelof, and he's been cast as Hollywood's new Candyman and in Aaron Sorkin's The Trial of the Chicago 7. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures teed up to produce and globally distribute the film.
Warner Bros. has not set a release date for this fourth Matrix film, but production is anticipated to begin in early 2020. While I'm extremely curious about The Matrix 4, I must say that not having both of the Wachowskis back behind the camera makes me a little cautious. Intriguingly, Lily Wachowski, who directed the first three movies with sister Lana, will not be returning to direct.