Jonathan Groff is the latest cast member to join ‘The Matrix 4’. This sequel to the millennium-era trilogy hails from original co-director Lana Wachowski, and Keanu Reeves (Neo), Carrie-Anne Moss (Trinity), and Jada Pinkett Smith (Niobe) are returning. Newcomers include Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick. All of their roles are unknown– and the same is true for Groff– but there are rumors that Adbul-Mateen may be playing a younger version of Laurence Fishburn’s Morpheus (STRICTLY RUMORS), and that Harris is playing a villain. Henwick’s character is said to be like a female version of Neo. Fishburn has not been reported to be part of the cast of this new film.
It was previously reported that an actor was being sought to play a younger version of Neo. Does Groff fit that bill?
Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell co-wrote the screenplay with Wachowski, who is also producing, along with Grant Hill. ‘The Matrix 4’ will be released by Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow.
Groff may be best known for providing the voice of Kristoff in ‘Frozen’ and the current sequel ‘Frozen 2’, as well as in various spin-offs and video games. He also stars as FBI agent Holden Ford in the Netflix series ‘Mindhunter’. He previously starred on the web series ‘O.T.P.’ (One True Pairing), HBO’s ‘Looking’ and its follow-up movie of the same name, and FOX’s ‘Glee’.
Groff is presently on a break from his off-Broadway show, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, in which he is starring as Seymore Krelborn, in order to promote ‘Frozen 2’. He has been nominated for the Tony Award for his role as Melchior Gabor in ‘Spring Awakening’ and as King George III in ‘Hamilton’. He co-won the Grammy Award for the cast recording of the soundtrack to ‘Hamilton’.
Filming of ‘The Matrix 4’ is expected to begin in early 2020.