Aquaman Star To Lead The Matrix 4 Alongside Keanu Reeves
- Published: 11 October 2019
- This Aquaman actor had better get his hands on a shiny leather jacket and a latex jumpsuit he's going to need 'em for The Matrix 4.
The announcement of a new addition to the Matrix franchise, directed and co-written by series originator Lana Wachowski, essentially blindsided the film world in August 2019. Even more exciting than the confirmation that Wachowski was set to helm The Matrix 4 was news that original stars Carrie-Ann Moss and Keanu Reeves would return to their iconic roles as Trinity and Neo. Little news regarding The Matrix 4 came out in the time since those announcements, but now, it appears a new-to-the-franchise face will join Moss' Trinity and Reeves' Neo in their fight against the Matrix.
That face belongs to Aquaman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen, who played the villainous David Kane — better known as Black Manta — in the Jason Momoa-led superhero flick.
Variety was the first to break the news that Abdul-Mateen is circling a role in The Matrix 4. If the outlet's reporting proves accurate, Abdul-Mateen's role won't merely be as a supporting player to his iconic co-stars. Wachowski and The Matrix 4 producers have reportedly spent some time in recent weeks meeting with several actors over what's being called a "secret role" in the upcoming film. While the exact nature of the character remains a secret, we know that it's being referred to as a lead role, and that Abdul-Mateen has emerged from the recent casting talks as the frontrunner to land the part.
Though it's unclear who Abdul-Mateen will play in the The Matrix 4, news of his potential casting in the film should be met with cheers from fans of the Matrix franchise and of the actor himself, who has become one of the brightest young stars in Hollywood in recent years. Abdul-Mateen is likely best known for his turn as Manta in last year's unexpected blockbuster Aquaman, but he's also delivered more-than-memorable performances on Baz Luhrmann's musical series The Get Down, in the Hugh Jackman-led circus musical The Greatest Showman, and on Hulu's breakout series The Handmaid's Tale. Keep watching the video to see more about the Aquaman star to lead The Matrix 4 alongside Keanu Reeves!