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Mortal Kombat Has Cast More of Its Lead Roles

Raiden from Mortal Kombat.
Raiden from Mortal Kombat.
Image: NetherRealm Studios

Cue the techno theme music.

As reported by the Hollywood Reporter (which I always love saying), some of the lead roles in the James Wan-produced reboot of the Mortal Kombat film series, based on the gloriously gory video games, are either cast or very close to it.

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Popping up in the character select screen are Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl), who will play Jackson “Jax” Briggs, the metal-arm-having musclebound warrior and American Special Forces soldier; Tadonobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok) will be taking up the power of thunder as Raiden, if talks go well; newcomer Sisi Stringer, as Mileena, a sai-wielding assassin; and Ludi Lin (Power Rangers), as Liu Kang, a monk who decided that peace just wasn’t as good as ripping peoples’ spines out.

They’ll be joined by actor Joe Taslim, who is signed on to play Sub-Zero, and director Simon McQuoid, for whom this will be his first feature. No word yet on the plot of the movie, but my guess involves a tournament, a god or two, and a whole lot of blood.

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Mortal Kombat is slated to hit theaters March 5, 2021.


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DISCUSSION

OMG. The first Mortal Kombat hit all the right notes, tight story, not taking itself to seriously, Christopher Lambert just chewing up the lines, and fucking great techno music. And although it was “dark” it actually had a great positive feeling around it.

The second one was crap.

Here is hoping that they understand its a movie based on an insane game. You are not going to win the Oscar, so dont try to be pseudo intellectual.

In my local theater they actually had guys playing some of the characters walking around. It was the rowdiest crowd (but no fights broke out) I have ever been a part of. In fact my friend compared it to a rocky horror show showing.