– by Joseph Jammer Medina

I hope you’re ready for the new Matrix movie, because it sounds like it’s coming whether we like it or not. According to THR, we have one fairly big name circling a role in the form of Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Abdul-Mateen recently graced the silver screen in the form of Black Manta in last year’s Aquaman, where he served as a formidable opponent to everyone’s favorite sea-dweller. 

The actor would be joining Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who were confirmed to be reprising their roles when the project was first announced. Also returning is Lana Wachowski, one of the co-creators and co-directors of the original trilogy.

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There is no definitive word on who exactly the lead role is, but sources are speculating that Abdul-Mateen would (predictably) play a younger take on Morpheus. It does kinda have to make you wonder why Reeves and Moss were able to reprise their roles while Laurence Fishburne was not. Why is Morpheus the younger one here?

Regardless of the why and who, Abdul-Mateen does seem like a solid actor for the lead. Though he wasn’t the lead of Aquaman, he was one of the more sympathetic characters, and I almost found myself rooting for him over Aquaman.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.