Mortal Kombat: Everything You Need to Know
11/13/2020 • 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.
The Mortal Kombat Release Date
MORTAL KOMBAT is set to release on January 15, 2021. In theory, that gives you more than two whole weeks to get over any lasting effects from New Year’s Eve. In practice, however, we know there's a bit more shooting to do on the movie, so that release date may change.
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.
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 does not yet have a rating, so we can’t say how gory the fights will be, or if they will end with some of the game's signature finishing moves.
The Cast of Mortal Kombat
This MORTAL KOMBAT is going to be all about Joe Taslim’s Sub-Zero. 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 Taslim is 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. Finally, Tadanobu Asano will play Raiden in the movie. You mostly likely know Asano as Thor’s pal Hogun in all three of Marvel’s THOR films.
In addition to Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Raiden, the film will also feature beloved MORTAL KOMBAT characters such as Lui Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, Kano, Shang Tsung, Kung Lao, Mileena and Nitara.
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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All images courtesy of Midway Games and Netflix.