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By James Hibberd
October 15, 2019 at 04:07 PM EDT
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Neil Patrick Harris is preparing to take the red pill.

The How I Met Your Mother and Series of Unfortunate Events star is in talks to join The Matrix franchise reboot.

As first reported by Variety, Harris is near a deal for an unspecified role in the fourth film in the sci-fi series.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 29: Neil Patrick Harris attends the "Gay Chorus Deep South" screening during the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival at Spring Studios on April 29, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Credit: Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

Stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are already back on board, along with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman). Lana Wachowski is also back co-write and direct the film. The script is also from Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell.

The new movie revives the franchise after a 16-year slumber. The previous trilogy launched with The Matrix in 1999, then followed with sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions 2003. Collectively the films have earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box office.

Reeves recently led John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum to that franchise’s best box office tally yet, grossing $320 million worldwide (the film also included a perhaps prescient shout out to The Matrix).

The fourth Matrix film doesn’t yet have a release date or title.

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