Each news drop about Matrix 4 is a little more exciting than the last for fans of the trilogy, as it's shaping up to be a fascinating cast—for who isn't returning as much as who is.
Up front: We don't know if Laurence Fishburne is coming back, but some very familiar faces definitely are. And the new names joining them are surprising.
Most importantly, here's who's back: Keanu Reeves as Neo and Carrie-Anne Moss as his partner Trinity.
We don't know how that's going to work given they are both supposed to be, you know, dead, but remember that the Matrix itself is a world created for sleeping humans in pods by a vast artificial intelligence, and Neo showed the ability to move in and out of it at will.
Neil Patrick Harris as somebody
What’s this! It’s the villainous ac-tor Count Olaf? Yep, the excellent Neil Patrick Harris is somehow in the movie. Let’s hope he’s the bad guy.
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as somebody else
The actor perhaps most famous for a supporting role in Aquaman is rumored to the lead of this film. Is he the new Neo?
Yeah, that's it, so far. But of course, that's not all the casting news.
Yahoo reports that Jada Pinkett-Smith is "rumored" but not confirmed to reprise her role as Capt. Niobe, a former love interest of Fishburne's Morpheus, who played a major role in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions.
But as for Laurence Fishburne? Crickets. There haven't been any reports whatsoever so far regarding his involvement, or lack of it.
The red pill is still waiting for Morpheus to take it, apparently.
The Matrix 4 is tentatively set to hit theaters sometime in 2022.