Yahya Abdul-Mateen II made the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and in the midst of profiling his rise to stardom, the magazine has extracted some details from him about his involvement in The Matrix4.
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In case you forgot, there’s a new one Matrix movie on the way to the cinema and HBO Max later this year. Instead of a real title, let’s just call it The matrix 4 for now. The movie is scheduled for a December 22, 2021 release and that’s only four months away.
THR has an in-depth story about Abdul-Mateen II, who stars in this month candy man sequel/reboot and who will reprise their role (with more to do) as Black Manta in next year Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. He won a Primetime Emmy Award for his 2019 performance on HBO’s guards. In The matrix 4, rumored to be playing a younger version of Morpheus, the character played by Laurence Fishburne in the original Matrix trilogy.
We don’t have confirmation of that yet, but if it’s not true, the absence of Fishburne is curious, though perhaps no more or less than co-director Lilly Wachowski decide to sit out this sequel as well. Anyway, on the set of The matrix 4 left Abdul-Mateen II starstruck. This is what he said about working with Keanu Reeves and director Lana Wachowski:
“I remember Keanu and his first line. I looked up, and there was Keanu, and I said, ‘Oh shit, I’m really in The Matrix.’ It was just Keanu in that voice. And the technology that Lana put into it and the filmmaking, camera installations that I’ve never seen before. It’s so ambitious. It was really interesting to make The Matrix 4 at a time when the world was so twisted and reality was so distorted. It can creep in a bit if you let it.”
Stop the presses: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is a fan of The office
The Matrix was a groundbreaking visual effects film; it gave us bullet time, where the camera slows down and allows the viewer to explore the scene from different angles, even as bullets fly through the air. We can only imagine what tricks Wachowski has come up with for this sequel.
THR’s full profile of Abdul-Mateen II includes some other interesting tidbits about him and his life. Like James Earl Jones, an actor known for his iconic voice, Abdul-Mateen II overcame a stutter; and like many of us here in TV land, he is a fan of The office. Is it just me or does hearing put someone else’s brain into a bullet-time state?
Here’s what he had to say about the beloved NBC sitcom and its characters, including Michael (Steve Carell), Dwight (Rainn Wilson), and even the eccentric Creed (Creed Bratton):
“Michael Scott just has a big heart. Once he gets on your last nerve, he just redeems himself. I don’t know how, but he’s also excellent at his job. They have the best performing industry [of Dunder Mifflin Paper Company]. It always comes through in the clutch. Dwight is just classic. I also like Creed. You can’t sleep on Creed. Creed has not a single wasted moment.”
The matrix 4 arrives in theaters and on HBO Max on Dec 22, 2021.
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