Matrix: Resurrections and Aquaman Star Leaves the Cast of Mad Max: Furiosa

Matrix: Resurrections star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II has left George Miller’s Furiosa – the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off.

According to Deadline, the 35-year-old actor will be replaced by Tom Burke, who played Orson Wells in the Oscar-winning Netflix movie, Mank.

Abdul-Mateen II gets rid of Angry due to a planning conflict. It is currently unknown what his second project will be. “Sources say it’s a secret passion project he’s been developing for some time,” Deadline revealed. “Production recently moved up on that, which eventually made him leave Furiosa.” The star will soon appear in The Matrix: Resurrections as a version of Morpheus and will repeat his role as Black Manta in Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom next year.

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus in The Matrix: Resurrections.  (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Morpheus in The Matrix: Resurrections. (Image credit: Warner Bros.)

Mad Max: Furiosa will star Anya Taylor-Joy in her lead role – a younger version of Charlize Therons Mad Max Fury Road character, Emperor Furiosa. The upcoming Mad Max spin-off will reveal the origin of the character, but little else is known for the time being.

Chris Hemsworth will also star alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in an unpublished role, while George Miller returns to direct, write and produce alongside his producing partner, Doug Mitchell.

Although not much is known about the film’s plot, George Miller has confirmed it its structure will be very different from Fury Road.

“While Fury Road essentially happened over three days and two nights, this happens over many years,” he said. “You’re trying to make films that are ‘uniquely familiar …’ This will be familiar to the people who know Mad Max, and especially Fury Road, but it will also be unique.”

Food Max: Furiosa was originally expected to be released on June 23, 2023 but was recently delayed to 2024. Miller also recently revealed that it was an early screening of Edgar Wrights Last night in Soho that convinced him to cast Anya Taylor-Joy in the title role.

The film also marks an early major studio project for Tom Burke, who is perhaps best known for his role as Athos in the 2014 BBC drama, The Musketeers.

Ryan Leston is an entertainment journalist and film critic for IGN. You can follow him further Twitter.

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