It was announced in August that a fourth Matrix movie was in the works with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the film.
And Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has now been named as a contender for one of the lead roles, according to Variety.
The publication reported on Wednesday that the 33-year-old ’emerged as the front-runner’ following a meeting with director Lana Wachowski.
Aquaman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has been named as one of the new leads in the upcoming Matrix 4 films; seen in 2018
‘Lana Wachowski met with actors for the secret role over the last week and in recent days, Abdul-Mateen emerged as the frontrunner to join Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their roles in the film,’ their sources spilled.
Yahya first entered the spotlight in 2016 during his role of Clarence ‘Cadillac’ Caldwell in Baz Luhrmann’s Netflix series The Get Down.
His light continued to shine bright from there, playing Sgt. Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron.
Big role: 2018 saw him land the villain role of Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe film, Aquaman
Cop: Yahya played the role of Sgt. Garner Ellerbee in Baywatch opposite Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Zac Efron
Yahya then went on to star as W. D. Wheeler in The Greatest Showman with Zac and Hugh Jackman.
The year 2018 saw him land the villain role of Black Manta in the DC Extended Universe film, Aquaman.
The return of popular franchise, Matrix, was announced in August by Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman, Toby Emmerich.
‘We could not be more excited to be re-entering The Matrix with Lana [Wachowski],’ he said in a statement.
‘Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in The Matrix universe.’
They’ll be back: It was announced back in August that a fourth Matrix movie was in the works with Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss reprising their roles for the film
The film director, writer and producer previously joined forces with her sister, Lilly, to create the series.
The pair are commonly referred to as The Wachowski sisters, after previously being known as The Wachowski brothers. Lana and Lilly are both transgender women.
Lana (previously Laurence), 54, went through a sex change operation in 2008, with Lilly (previously Andrew), 51, in 2006.
The plot for the upcoming film is still unknown but based on track record, it’s tipped to be a hit.
The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.
Matrix 4 is set to begin filming in early 2020.
A hit! The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (pictured 2003) have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office