More than a decade after we watched the downfall of this fighting game franchise in cinemas, Warner Bros. believes it can reboot the brand into popularity.
For those of us who grew up in the nineties, Mortal Kombat holds a special place in our hearts. We remember weekends where we spent beating up (or being beaten up by) our best friends in that digital world, with blood, gore, and special effects. Riding on the coattails of the success of Midway's gory video game came a series of movies that attempted to cash in on the attention it was getting from the world. Nothing sells quite like controversy, and MK was one of the most controversial video games to see the light of day during that decade.
Unsurprisingly, the first Mortal Kombat movie dropped, and it blew anything else that was going head to head with it out of the water. However, the franchise hasn't seen that much success in theatres since, but Warner Bros. thinks they can make the dragon dance for them again with the release of a new Mortal Kombat reboot scheduled to be released in 2021. Here's all the info we managed to source about Mortal Kombat, including its cast and release details.
The list of actors set to show up in mortal Kombat is a long one, featuring names that we're familiar with. Fans of the games (both present and past) will recognize some of the character names. Those of us who are up to date with our actors will notice the stars.
- Liu Kang (Ludi Lin, of Power Rangers fame) is a Shaolin monk, abducted from earth to take part in a competition that pits the best fighters of the multiverse against one another.
- Jax (Mechad Brooks from Supergirl) is a Special Forces operative from the US which boasts augmented cybernetic limbs.
- Kung Lao (Max Shang) is another Shaolin Monk and Liu Kang's best friend. He is most noted for his razor-sharp headwear.
- Shang Tsung (Chin Han of The Dark Knight) is a shape-shifting Shaolin monk who feeds on the souls of others.
- Sub Zero (Joe Taslim of The Raid) is a ninja of the Lin Kuei clan that can manipulate the powers of ice.
- Scorpion (Westworld's Hiroyuki Sanada) is an undead ninja seeking revenge on Sub Zero, given otherworldly powers including a spear that drags opponents close to him so he can hit them.
- Raiden (Tadanobu Asano of Thor) is an immortal thunder god who is tasked with ensuring that earth doesn't lose the contest.
More actors make up the cast, but these are the most recognizable game characters for those of us who have followed the franchise over the years.
Mortal Kombat's details are scarce, and the only one who knows anything regarding the plot are the actors, director, and scriptwriter. So far, we can't say whether this movie will follow the winning formula that the original film presented or if it'll be something completely different. All we know for sure is that it will bear no resemblance to the travesty that was the second film in the series, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation.
There was supposed to be a third movie in the series, but the poor box-office showing by Annihilation saw the third movie get shelved and then enter development hell. However, a fan-made short started to gain traction on YouTube in 2010. Following another short in 2013, the studio figured it was time they gave the gruesome movie a second shot at box-office success. It's still unknown whether the plot will draw from those shorts as inspiration or whether we'll be witnessing a whole new film entirely.
Despite filming wrapping up in winter of last year, there's still no trailer available for Mortal Kombat. As soon as one comes out, we'll probably be informed by the studio or director. Until that time, we'll have to wait and see.
Mortal Kombat will release in theatres on January 15th, 2021. Mark your calendars!Disclaimer : The views expressed in this article belong to the writer and are not necessarily shared by trinikid.com