Lana Wachowski must be a Gleek, because Jonathan Groff has been cast in The Matrix 4.
Not much is known about the upcoming sequel to the wildly successful sci-fi series, but there has been a steady stream of casting news since it was first announced in August. Keanu Reeves and Carrie Ann Moss will reprise their roles as Neo and Trinity, who (spoiler alert) met their demise in 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions. In October, news broke that How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris was also joining the film in a role being kept “under wraps.”
Collider reported that Groff is joining the cast on Monday, but had no clues as to what role the Frozen star would play. They did suggest that after his turn in Mindhunter, he would be a smart choice to continue Hugo Weaving’s legacy as one of the sinister agents who enforce the authority of the computers running the simulation that Neo and Trinity died bringing down.
Wachowski will be helming the film solo, without the help of her sister Lily. In August, she told Variety that “many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends.” With The Matrix 4, Wachowski will become the first openly trans director to helm a blockbuster film solo — she and her sister collaborated on the sci-fi stinker Jupiter Ascending after both coming out as trans in 2012 and 2016.
There’s no word yet on when we’ll get to plug back into The Matrix, but stock up on tiny sunglasses while you wait.