Mortal Kombat has made an interesting decision by introducing a new character into the decades-old story, MMA fighter Cole Young, and putting him at the center of the next reboot. Cole Young is more than used to getting beat up for money. He doesn’t know his origins or why Emperor Shang Tsung sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, a cryomaniac from the other world, to hunt him down.
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Fearing for the safety of his family, Cole Young is forced to search for Sonja Blade at the direction of Jax, a special forces major born with the same strange dragon as Cole. Soon Cole finds himself in the temple of Lord Rayden, the Old God and protector of the Earth Kingdom, who grants asylum to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with veteran warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and the villain Kano, and prepares to take on the enemies of Overseas with the greatest champions on Earth in a high-stakes battle for the universe.
Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid makes his film debut, based on a script by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham. In the film, Lewis Tan, the actor from Wu Assassins, plays the new character and he directs Cole Young. Of course, it would be sacrilege if Mortal Kombat didn’t include some familiar names and faces, which is why we have Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion, Jessica McNamee as Sonia Blade, Mehkad Brooks plays Jackson Jax Briggs, Josh Lawson plays Kano, Joe Taslim plays Bi-Han/Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano plays Reiden, Chin Han plays Shang Zong, Max Huang plays Kung Lao and Daniel Nelson plays Kabala.
Lead director Simon McQuoid assured fans that the Mortal Kombat material is being taken seriously, which is evident in the trailer. The director said: I wanted to make sure that everyone respected the material, the legend of Mortal Kombat, the fans and the love they have for him. They were all clean.
Respecting the world of Mortal Kombat, of course, means not being afraid of the violence that video games are so famous for, and luckily Lewis Tan’s star had already caught a glimpse of that violence. Some people die a crazy death, Tan says. We’ve chosen a few icons. There are a lot of cool moves you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we introduced in the movie, but there are also some really nasty deaths that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They are cruel. They, they don’t hold back.
Mortal Kombat is scheduled for release on the 16th. April 2021 in theaters and on the Warner Bros. HBO Max. Images.
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