Following the debut of the trailer for the highly-anticipated fourth installment in The Matrix film series, Candyman’s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II confirmed on Instagram that he will be playing Morpheus in The Matrix Resurrections. The Emmy winner is taking over the iconic role previously played by franchise star Laurence Fishburne, opening up more questions about the new movie’s timeline. You can check out the post below:
Originally scheduled for a May 21, 2021 release, The Matrix Resurrections is currently slated to arrive in theaters and on HBO Max on December 22, 2021. Its theatrical release date will pit the fourth installment against 20th Century Studios’ long-delayed prequel The King’s Man.
The Matrix Resurrections is directed by Lana Wachowski from a screenplay she co-wrote with Aleksander Hemon and David Mitchell. The fourth installment features the return of Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, reprising their iconic roles as Neo, Trinity, and Niobe. Lambert Wilson and Daniel Bernhardt are also reprising their respective villainous roles of The Merovingian and Agent Johnson.
Joining them are franchise newcomers Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Toby Onwumere, Christina Ricci, and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who is rumored to be playing young Morpheus.
The three previous films—The Matrix (1999), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), and The Matrix Revolutions (2003)—have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office and were all top-10 domestic hits in their respective years of release. The Matrix Revolutions was also the first film ever to release simultaneously in every major country at the same hour around the world.