The Mortal Kombat franchise heads back to the big screen (and the small screen!) with WB’s brand new feature film, coming to theaters and HBO Max on April 16, 2021. The marketing campaign is now officially underway, with Entertainment Weekly giving us our first look.
EW previews, “Mortal Kombat begins with a crucial piece of lore from the original games: the blood feud between the clans of Hanzo (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Bi-Han (Joe Taslim). The 10-minute opening sequence kicks off in feudal Japan, long before these fighters wielded supernatural abilities as Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it ends in a pretty nasty hand-to-hand combat.”
EW’s report continues, “That brutality carries over to the present, where we meet [“washed-up MMA fighter”] Cole Young, a wholly new character to the Mortal Kombat world played by actor and martial artist Lewis Tan (Wu Assassins, Into the Badlands).”
Tan notes, “It’s a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that, along the journey of Mortal Kombat and Cole discovering where he comes from, you’re introduced to all these other iconic characters and elements that everybody loves so dearly.”
EW’s plot rundown continues, “The sinister sorcerer and emperor of the realm Outerworld, Shang Tsung (Skyscraper‘s Chin Han), sends Sub-Zero, now with his cryomancy powers, to hunt him down.” Eventually, of course, the various plot threads and characters culminate in “a high-stakes tournament to defeat the invading enemies from Outerworld.”
Director Simon McQuiod promises, “We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities. And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.” Lewis Tan adds, “There are some crazy fatalities.”
Mortal Kombat is produced by James Wan for Atomic Monster, written by Greg Russo, and directed by Simon McQuoid. Benjamin Wallfisch (It Chapter Two) is composing the score.
The cast includes Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Elissa Cadwell as Nitara, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. Lewis Tan is playing new character Cole Young.