Mortal Kombat is one of the most popular fighting game franchises of all time. It’s also been notoriously hard to adapt to film. We got a beloved yet bad cult B-Movie from the ’90s, which saw some wild casting; for example, Christopher Lambert played Raiden. Then, a few years ago, Machinima made a web-series that was far closer to what fans wanted from an MK adaptation, but it was just that: a limited web series. But it was recently announced that James Wan would be producing a Mortal Kombat movie, and we’ve just now gotten our first bit casting news (via The Hollywood Reporter). It’s honestly too wonderful for words.
According to reports, action star Joe Taslim will be playing Sub Zero, one of the core characters from the Mortal Kombat franchise. It’s an extremely exciting bit of casting as Taslim is a talented martial artist known for brilliant and brutal films like The Raid: Redemption and The Night Comes for Us. Seeing as the Mortal Kombat movie is coming from Warner Bros’ famed horror studio New Line, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that tonally the project will be leaning into the more violent aspects of the controversial game. This casting seems to confirm that, which fans of the franchise will see as a huge relief.
For now, little is known about the narrative of the film, which will be directed by Simon McQuoid, and which will shoot later this year in Australia. But if it follows the game, then it will likely center on a brutal fighting tournament which may or may not have some mystical elements. It’ll be very interesting to see what other martial arts movie stars New Line taps for what could be another huge hit for the studio.
We’ll be dreaming of Iko Uwais as Scorpion until Warner Bros. announces otherwise. Until then, practice those fatalities, because it looks like it’s going to be a cruel, cruel summer if Wan, McQuoid, and New Line have anything to say about it.
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