"Aquaman" star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has received one of the leading roles in the latest episode of the "Matrix" franchise.
Sources report Variety who met with director Lana Wachowski, was an actor for the secret role last week, and in recent days Abdul-Mateen has emerged as the frontrunner for Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will repeat their roles in the movie.
Warner Bros. announced in August that a fourth "Matrix" movie is officially underway, with Reeves and Moss returning and Wachowski on board to write and direct. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and distribute the film worldwide.
In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. Wachowski also produces with Grant Hill. Sources assume that the film is expected to go into production in early 2020.
Warner Bros. has been trying for some years to find a way back into the "Matrix" universe, but has stopped production rights slowed the project. The studio recently had the opportunity to push the development. Reeves had a strong summer, which included not only a solid screenplay by Wachowski but also the blockbuster "John Wick: Chapter 3 ̵
Details of the plot are currently unknown, and although it was rumored that a young Morpheus could appear in the film, film-related sources do not confirm Abdul-Mateen's specific role.
The three previous films – "The Matrix," "The Matrix Reloaded," and "The Matrix Revolutions" – have together earned more than $ 1.6 billion at the box office worldwide. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister Lilly and starred in the lead roles of Reeves and Moss.
In addition to his breakout role as Manta in "Aquaman" by Warner Bros., Abdul-Mateen portrayed Lupita Nyong's father in Jordan Peele's hit "Us" starred in a series of "Black Mirror." He will be featured as Cal Abar in HBO's television series "Watchmen," starring Regina King and Don Johnson.
Abdul-Mateen most recently co-founded Black Panther, Bobby Seale, in Aaron Sorkin's "The Trial of the Chicago 7" and won the title role in Peele's "Candyman," due out in 2020. He will also star in Netflix's drama "All Day and a Night" with Jeffrey Wright. He is again received by WME and Anonymous Content.
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