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Neil Patrick Harris joins The Matrix 4

Neil Patrick Harris

Story by Jack Foley

NEIL Patrick Harris has reportedly joined the cast of The Matrix 4.

The actor is in talks to line up alongside Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for the belated fourth entry in the saga, which is being directed by Lana Wachowski, co-creator and director of The Matrix.

Plot details are predictably being kept under wraps at this stage, although the film will be based on a script being co-written by Wachowski, Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

Harris is most familiar for his TV roles, including on CBS comedy How I Met Your Mother and, more recently, on three seasons of Netflix’s adaptation of A Series of Unfortunate Events (as Count Olaf).

But he has also appeared in films such as David Fincher’s Gone Girl, Alexander Payne’s Downsizing and The Smurfs.

The Matrix, released in 1999, remains one of the most iconic science fiction/action films of all-time. It was a box office hit and spawned two sequels, 2003’s The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. Combined, the films have grossed $1.63 billion globally.

Reeves is expected to reprise his role as Neo, while Abdul-Mateen II – best known for playing Black Manta in Aquaman – is said to have secured another leading role, possibly as a young Morpheus, a key leader in humanity’s resistance against the machines who eventually discovers and trains Neo.