Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Confirms His ‘Matrix 4’ Role, And It’s Exactly Who You Thought

Earlier today the trailer for The Matrix: Resurrections was released, and fans, who apparently had not been paying attention since this thing was announced, were wondering where Laurence Fishburne was. Well, he’s not in the movie as far as anybody knows, with speculation from the beginning that Candyman star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II would be playing some version of the philosophical character. Well, wonder no more.

Abdul-Mateen has revealed via his Instagram that he is indeed playing Morpheus. And he did it in a way that is undeniable.


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We don’t have any explanations why the change was needed, but maybe Lana Wachowski wanted to give the character a younger feel? I mean, it was obvious by the things he was saying in the trailer that Abdul-Mateen was playing Morpheus, and frankly, it looks like a good fit.

Abdul-Mateen is part of a fresh group of newcomers that include Jessica Henwick, Neil Patrick Harris, Jonathan Groff, and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

The Matrix: Resurrections hits theatres and HBO Max on December 22nd.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.