‘Mortal Kombat’ Movie Cast Expands with Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Shang Tsung and Kano

The cast of the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie continues to expand.

As previously reported, so far we have Joe Taslim as Sub Zero, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. Four more fighters are now limbering up to enter the ring.

Joining the roster are Aussie actress Jessica McNamee (The Meg), Aussie actor Josh Lawson (House of Lies), Chin Han (The Dark Knight) and Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine). Check out who they’re playing:

Jessica McNamee – Sonya Blade, US soldier and member of Earthrealm’s Special Forces unit known as Outer World Investigation Agency.

Josh Lawson – Kano, Aussie mercenary and leader of the international crime cartel known as the Black Dragon.

Chin Han – Shang Tsung, a powerful evil warlock and a demonic shapeshifter that can absorb the living souls of those he defeats in order to maintain his youth and power.

Hiroyuki Sanada – Scorpion, a resurrected ninja after vengeance against the one that killed him. Scorpion is one of the original characters from the first Mortal Kombat arcade game.

Wu Assassins and Into the Badlands actor Lewis Tan has also been cast, although apart from it being a lead role, there’s no word on who exactly he will be playing.

The film will mark the feature debut for Australian commercial director Simon McQuoid, with James Wan and Todd Garner producing. The current draft of the script comes from Greg Russo (who’s also attached to Resident Evil film reboot and a Space Invaders movie).

Mortal Kombat, which will contain fatalities (it’s poised to get an R rating in the US), is set to begin filming in Adelaide later this year and has a US release of 5 March 2021.

THR first reported McNamee, Lawson and Tan’s casting; Variety first reported Han and Sanada’s.


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