Neil Patrick Harris is set to look at The Matrix 4 – could he be on villain responsibility? The Wachowskis’ original Matrix movie was a groundbreaking venture in 1999 and also set a new tone for sci-fi activity theatre. A pair of sequels in 2003 (The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions) failed to spark the same sort of reaction, but despite the some what disappointing continuation of Neo’s adventures, The Matrix has retained a strong cultural identity and loyal following within the past 20 decades. So much so, in fact, that Warner Bros. Has announced The Matrix 4 for 2021.
Directed solely by Lana Wachowski with this episode, much of The Matrix 4’s plot remains unidentified, and a feeling of mystery also hangs over the cast. We all know that Keanu Reeves will appear to (probably) reprise his iconic role as Neo, and he will be joined by fellow Matrix alum, Carrie-Anne Moss as Trinity. Heavily rumored returnees include Lambert Wilson as The Merovingian and Jada Pinkett Smith. Fascinatingly, Matrix 4 also promises an impressive selection of fresh talent. Yahya Abdul-Mateen, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick are among the titles linking Neo for his second adventure, all in undisclosed roles.
Rumors swirl over these celebrities will depict in The Matrix 4, with Abdul-Mateen consistently linked to Morpheus. Another tantalizing possibility is that Neil Patrick Harris and the villain of the piece will probably be playing. Thanks to candid comments from Hugo Weaving, The Matrix 4 has been verified to have sought (and failed) to bring back Agent Smith. That appearance could have been as a cameo, a supportive figure, or as the villain.
Without Weaving on board, The Matrix 4 would definitely attempt to avoid replacing Smith with a different quietly menacing, cold, and calculating baddie in a similar mold. A natural response would be to compose a completely contrary villain – a flamboyant showman with magnetic charm and status.
Harris does undoubtedly fit that bill without meaning to typecast. Shades of those qualities were on full display in Harris’ performance as Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Episode, although one would expect his turn at The Matrix 4 to become much less overblown. A stunning and expressive villain could indicate a dramatic deviation from the insidious silence of Agent Smith, but an antagonist of this type would also match with a different concept regarding The Matrix 4’s villain they will be human, rather than Machine or Agent.
The Matrix has ever toyed with the dichotomy between the digital and real worlds, also the individual. Machine struggle. It would be completely fitting for a human protagonist in The Matrix 4 to possess the sort of pretentious character that directly opposes the digital Agent Smith. If Matrix 4’s main antagonist was a person, they’d probably be leading some kind of pro-Matrix cult that urges being”plugged-in” rather than existing in the real world. The leader of such a movement would have to have the oratory abilities and performance flair required to maintain this type of dangerous after of zealots, and Neil Patrick Harris is perfect for this manner of a villain. It’s also curious that The Matrix 4 has cast Jonathan Groff, who, like Harris, has a musical theater background. Can Groff be lined up as Harris’ second-in-command, an equal character encouraging humans to give up their freedom and return to the Matrix? If such a cult faction did emerge in Zion, that would certainly be reason enough to attract back Neo from the dead.