After a two-decade hiatus from the silver screen, the Mortal Kombat franchise returned to the big screen in 2021. Despite the mixed reviews, it was a generally enjoyable experience and now we have news about the new Mortal Kombat movie.
The Mortal Kombat franchise has been a beloved part of gaming culture for nearly three decades. Known for its brutal combat, iconic characters, and intricate lore, it was only a matter of time before Hollywood brought Mortal Kombat back to the big screen.
So with the new game spreading excitement, we thought it would be a good time to tell you everything you need to know about the new Mortal Kombat movie.
The Release Date
Unfortunately, as of September 2023, an official release date for the new Mortal Kombat movie has not been announced.
On April 17, 2023, the producer Todd Garner verified that the shooting schedule would extend from June to September in Queensland, Australia.
In a tweet, Garner stated, “I’m thrilled to start & trust me, we’ve listened. We’ve learned from the mistakes & are committed to making the best MK2 possible.”
We will likely see some exciting developments during early 2024 regarding the new Mortal Kombat movie.
The cast of the new Mortal Kombat movie is expected to be a mix of returning and new cast members.
Ever since the first movie, fans were eager to know who would turn up as Johnny Cage in the sequel. Well in the most exciting development, Karl Urban has been confirmed to join the cast as Johnny Cage.
Johnny Cage is one of the most iconic characters in the Mortal Kombat franchise. And his inclusion in the sequel is sure to be a major draw for fans.
Karl Urban can bring a lot of flair to this character as he’s been quite successful at portraying Billy Butcher in The Boys adaptation. However, this version of Cage would certainly be slightly different from the video games.
Moreover, a British Bodybuilder, Martyn Ford has been cast as Shao Kahn. This is also another picture-perfect casting decision by the creators. Other additions to the cast include Damon Herriman as Quan Chi and Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel.
Meanwhile, Lewis Tan is confirmed to reprise his role as Cole Young, the protagonist of the first film. Other returning cast members could include Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Josh Lawson (Kano), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), and Ludi Lin (Liu Kang).
While the storyline of the new Mortal Kombat movie is shrouded in secrecy, it is widely anticipated that it will center around Cole Young’s ongoing quest. This quest is to rise as a Mortal Kombat champion and safeguard Earthrealm from the looming threat of Outworld.
At the end of the previous film, we saw that the champions are now searching for Johnny Cage as he’s the “chosen one.” So, you can expect a more Johnny Cage-centric storyline for the sequel.
Many fans criticized the studio’s decision to write off Johnny Cage entirely from the first movie and invent a new protagonist. So, this seems like the most sensible direction.
This approach could offer fans a richer understanding of the characters’ backgrounds and motivations, enhancing the overall narrative.
On the other hand, we also might see the actual Mortal Kombat tournament take place in the sequel. It could also introduce new threats and adversaries. Keeping also the tension and excitement alive in the Mortal Kombat cinematic universe alive.
Mortal Kombat Tournament
As previously stated, the inclusion of the Mortal Kombat tournament stands out as one of the most eagerly awaited elements in the new Mortal Kombat movie.
While absent from the first installment, this tournament holds significant importance within the Mortal Kombat video game franchise.
The Mortal Kombat tournament will probably assume a pivotal position in the new Mortal Kombat movie.
Enthusiasts can anticipate the iconic Mortal Kombat characters engaging in grand confrontations and epic battles as part of this thrilling tournament.
As we have already mentioned, Shao Kahn is among the characters in the new Mortal Kombat movie. So, he will be a major character and a very strong antagonist.
Quan Chi and Queen Sindel will also play a powerful role. I am more excited to see Quan-Chi in the live-action. He will be a character to look out for.
Meanwhile, Shang Tsung will also be present in the background, pulling the strings.
The new Mortal Kombat movie has the potential to be even better than the first film. With a talented cast, a faithful adaptation of the source material, and over-the-top action sequences, the sequel has everything it needs to be a hit with fans of the video game franchise.