The long-gestating ‘The Matrix 4’ now has Jonathan Groff onboard the cast. However, his role is under wraps. Perhaps he will have a role similar to Hugo Weaving’s Agent Smith from the original trilogy?
Groff recently reprised the role of Kristoff in Disney Animation’s ‘Frozen II,’ currently in theaters. He also leads the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter,’ which just released its second season. Other credits include FOX’s ‘Glee,’ Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Normal Heart,’ and HBO’s ‘Looking.’
He would join franchise stars Keanu Reeves (‘John Wick’) and Carrie-Anne Moss (‘Jessica Jones’), who are reprising their lead roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively. Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (‘Aquaman’) is onboard, and might be playing a young Morpheus or a descendant of the character, like a son or nephew. Laurence Fishburne (‘Black-ish’) played the role in all three ‘Matrix’ movies. Neil Patrick Harris (‘How I Met Your Mother’) has an unknown role, that is rumored to be a villain. Jada Pinkett Smith (‘Girls Trip’) will return as Niobe. Jessica Henwick (‘Iron Fist’) has an undisclosed lead role.
Meanwhile, Lana Wachowski (‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Sense8’) serves as writer, director, and producer on the fourth ‘Matrix’ film, currently without a title. Wachowski co-wrote the script with fellow ‘Sense8’ writers Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.
Writer/director Lilly Wachowski won’t be returning with her sister for this sequel, however. In an interview with /Film she said, “Well, I’m a little busy at the moment,” due to her new Showtime series ‘Work in Progress.’
The crew, so far, comprises of:
- Cinematographer John Toll (‘‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Sense8’)
- Costume designer Lindsey Pugh (‘Sense8,’ ‘Krypton’)
- Production designers Hugh Bateup and Peter Walpole (‘Sense8’)
- Visual effects supervisor Dan Glass (‘The Matrix Reloaded,’ ‘The Matrix Revolutions’)
Further, filming will begin on February 10, 2020 in Chicago. The film’s working title is ‘Project Ice Cream’ and we at The GWW reported it back in June.
The Warner Bros. film currently does not have a release date.