Mortal Kombat was one of the first major film adaptations of a computer game. Although not the greatest film ever made, it has been a fan favourite for some time and is one of the more positively viewed adaptation. Its sequel, however, dealt a fatality to the movie franchise.
With a reboot film in the works over the past decade, it’s finally time for New Line Cinema to bring the blockbuster game franchise back to cinemas. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe films, Aquaman), Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2).
We finally get a first look at the film, thanks to a number of images.
Mortal Kombat will follow MMA fighter Cole Young. Born with strange dragon marking, Cole is pursued by an otherworldly Cryomancer, we know as Sub-Zero. In serach for answers, Cole finds Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.
The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes:
- Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2, Wu Assassins) as Cole Young
- Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade
- Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano
- Tadanobu Asano (Midway) as Lord Raiden
- Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges
- Ludi Lin (Aquaman) as Liu Kang
- Chin Han (Skyscraper) as Shang Tsung
- Joe Taslim (Star Trek Beyond) as Bi-Han/Sub-Zero
- Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscraper) as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion
Originally revealed by Entertainment Weekly, the photos were accompanied by some insight from the director himself. McQuoid said the new iteration won’t be a PG-13 film and it that:
…there is gore, blood, and fatalities.
Main star Tan reveals
There are some really badass fatalities that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They’re brutal, man. They, they don’t hold back.
Mortal Kombat is set for a release on April 16th 2021. It will also be available on HBO Max in the U.S. on the same day and be available on the streaming service for 31 days.