The Wachowskis are pushing forward with a fourth Matrix film, and everyone is excited to have Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss returning. While it seems that Michael B. Jordan isn’t involved in the movie anymore, news has come out that the film has added someone new to the cast in the form of Aquaman’s Black Manta.
As per Variety, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has landed “one of the lead roles” in the fourth Matrix film. We don’t have any more details on who he’s playing, but some speculate that he could be playing a young Morpheus. Maybe he’s been cast in the role that Jordan was supposed to play; the best we can really do is guess.
With Will Smith said to be the original choice for Neo, I thought the film was going to start over with a clean slate and finally have a black actor in the lead. Jordan seemed like a good candidate when the news came out back in June, but for now, his involvement is left ambiguous.
If anything, I thought this movie was going to go the reboot/sequel route, focusing on a young new cast with actors from the original returning in “mentor” type roles. They did the same with Star Wars, Blade Runner 2049, and Star Trek, so it shouldn’t be too different from a franchise like Matrix.
For now, the fourth Matrix film is aiming for a release in 2022. In the meantime, you can catch Abdul-Mateen in HBO's Watchmen series which airs on Oct. 20.