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Mortal Kombat: Everything You Need to Know

1/18/2021 • 3 min read

MORTAL KOMBAT has had better luck hosting movie characters in its series of games than having movies of its own. Since the original game's debut in 1992, only two MORTAL KOMBAT films have been produced. Meanwhile, Rambo, the Predator, RoboCop, and the Terminator have all joined the game series to offer their own gory “Finish Him” moves.

Things are starting to change! Next year, we will finally see a third MORTAL KOMBAT movie. It’s a reboot, rather than a part three, so don’t expect Christopher Lambert’s Raiden to pop up. But that means this is an exciting second chance for the game series on the big screen.

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming MORTAL KOMBAT, including the first images from the new movie!

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The Mortal Kombat Release Date

MORTAL KOMBAT is set to release on April 16, 2021.

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When Will the First Mortal Kombat Trailer Arrive?

There's no MORTAL KOMBAT trailer yet, and it might be a while longer before we see one. On November 10, producer Todd Garner said on Twitter that there won't be a trailer "until theaters re-open." Since many theaters are open — but not in all states in the U.S. — that isn't a firm date. It does, however, suggest we have a while to wait.

If you are just dying for a taste of MORTAL KOMBAT, you can always check out the cast’s various Instagram pages for videos of their fight training. That will help make the wait easier.

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What Will Mortal Kombat Be About?

This movie is all about the inherent duality of humanity and the role of morality in the 21st century. Just kidding, it will be about fighters from different dimensions beating the heck out of each other until one of them dies (probably) and someone wins (maybe). Even if you haven’t played one of the games, you probably know what to expect. The film will be rated R, so some of the gore and finishing moves from the original games could well end up on the screen.

The official info from New Line and Warner Bros. says:

MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld's Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family's safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of 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. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana— the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family but to stop Outworld once and for all?

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The Cast of Mortal Kombat

So Cole is the major entry character, and he's played by Lewis Tan (DEADPOOL 2). And Sub-Zero, played by Joe Taslim, is a major player, too. Taslim is also a big draw for the film overall. If you aren’t familiar with Joe Taslim, you have a lot of great action films in your future. You probably saw him in American films like STAR TREK: BEYOND and FAST AND FURIOUS 6, but the good stuff comes in his heavy-hitting action films like THE RAID and THE NIGHT COMES FOR US (seen above).

Joining Tan and Taslim are Hiroyuki Sanada, who you probably last saw getting killed by Hawkeye in AVENGERS: ENDGAME or killed by Wolverine in THE WOLVERINE. He plays Scorpion here, and will probably be dishing out violence instead of receiving it this time. And Tadanobu Asano plays Raiden; casual viewers most likely know Asano as Thor’s pal Hogun in all three of Marvel’s THOR films, while devotees will remember his roles in VITAL, INVISIBLE WAVES, and ZATOICHI.

Finally, Jessica McNamee (THE MEG) plays Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (BOMBSHELL) plays Kano; Mehcad Brooks ("Supergirl") is Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (AQUAMAN) is Liu Kang; Chin Han (SKYSCRAPER) plays Shang Tsung; and Hiroyuki Sanada (SKYSCRAPER) plays Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young.

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The Filmmakers Behind Mortal Kombat

MORTAL KOMBAT is directed by first-timer Simon McQuoid from a script by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, who helped write WONDER WOMAN 1984. Its most serious pedigree, however, is that is produced by the one and only James Wan, director of a wide array of horror movies from SAW to THE CONJURING, not to mention AQUAMAN.


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