Neil Patrick Harris is the latest addition to the growing ensemble cast for the upcoming fourth installment of the Matrix franchise.
This story comes from Variety, who stated that Harris is joining Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, who will be reprising their old roles in the film, as well as Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, who was tapped as one of the leads last week. Jada Pinkett Smith is in negotiations to reprise her role as Niobe, having played the role in the previous three films. Plot details are currently unknown. While it was rumored a young Morpheus could appear in the movie, sources close to the film would not confirm Harris’ specific role.
Warner Bros. announced in August that a fourth Matrix movie was officially in the works, with Reeves and Moss returning and Lana Wachowski on board to write and direct. Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell co-wrote the script with Wachowski, who will also produce with Grant Hill.
Warner Bros. has been trying for a little while to enter The Matrix once more, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed their efforts down. The studio has recently seen the opportunity to ramp up development, with Reeves boasting a strong summer that included box office hits John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum and Toy Story 4, in addition to a script from Wachowski.
The three previous films — The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office. All three were written and directed by Lana and her sister, Lilly, and starred Reeves and Moss.
The role is a huge land for Harris, who starred in How I Met Your Mother for his first tentpole at a major studio. Harris was most recently seen in the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events. On the film side, his recent work has included Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and David Fincher’s Gone Girl.
The tentatively named Matrix 4 will begin production at the beginning of 2020. There’s nothing else to report right now, but we’re bound to hear more about the film in the coming months, so we’ll keep you posted.