Warner Bros. has released a number of images from the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie, giving fans their first taste of the James Wan-produced video game adaptation.
The images above and below were unveiled by the studio and Entertainment Weekly, the latter outlet drawing up a ‘First Look’ article that shed some further light on what we can expect.
The Australian-US production is directed by Aussie helmer Simon McQuoid, making his feature film debut with quite the high-profile project. The screenplay comes from Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984, Godzilla, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) and Greg Russo.
As per the film’s official synopsis, the film will revolve around MMA fighter Cole Young, played by Wu Assassins and Into the Badlands actor Lewis Tan (pictured above). Young…
“… accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?”
“I wanted to make sure that everyone respected the material, the lore of Mortal Kombat, the fans and the love they have for this. Everyone was clear on it,” McQuoid told EW, also shedding some light on whether the film would pay respect to the level of carnage synonymous with the video games. While the film is still being edited, the filmmaker is certain about one thing: “It’s definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating.”
“We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities… And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.”
Tan confirmed the film would feature some “crazy fatalities,” which, for those unfamiliar with the games, refers to the almost-always insanely violent finishing moves. “We’ve picked a couple of iconic ones,” said Tan “There’s a lot of really cool signature moves that you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They’re brutal, man. They, they don’t hold back.”
The cast includes Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (Midway) as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV’s Supergirl) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (Aquaman) as Liu Kang; with Chin Han (Skyscraper) as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (The Raid) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscrape) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion.
Mortal Kombat will be hitting US cinemas and HBO Max simultaneously on April 16. No Australian date has been announced as yet.