Neil Patrick Harris has been cast in the upcoming Matrix 4.
Variety has broken the news that actor will be appearing in the forthcoming sequel to the iconic science-fiction trilogy of the early 2000s.
Harris will be joining returning Matrix stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss as well as fellow franchise newcomer Yahya Abdul-Mateen.
Needless to say, plot details are being kept tightly under wrap, including specifics about Harris’s role.
Matrix franchise co-creator Lana Wachowski is set to direct from a screenplay she has co-written with Aleksander Hemon and Davis Mitchell.
Although the actor has primarily earned his way in comedic roles, notably as the lothario Barney Stintson on the sitcom How I Met Your Mother or as a broad caricature of himself in the Harold And Kumar films, Harris has flexed his acting muscles in dramatic roles as well. His most recent dramatic turn was in 2014’s Gone Girl.
I have to admit that I have not been too enthusiastic about a return to the Matrix franchise, especially so many years after what felt like a definite conclusion. But I have always enjoyed Harris’s work, and his casting in the project feels a bit unexpected, so I am now starting to get interested in seeing what this movie may have in store.