Warner Bros debuts poster and trailer for Mortal Kombat
I remember playing the original Mortal Kombat arcade game and being blown away by the level of violence I had never seen before in a game like that. When it finally made the transition to the big screen with the 1995 film of the same name. I love this film and even got to do a martial arts demo promotion at our local theater for it. In 1997 it released a less than stellar sequel, then rebooted it with an gritty online series in 2011and a badass animated feature in 2020.
When it was announced they were rebooting the franchise once again, but this time as an R rated film with James Wan producing I was in. The new film stars Lewis Tan (“Deadpool 2,” Netflix’s “Wu Assassins”) as Cole Young; 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 (“Star Trek Beyond”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (“Skyscraper”) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young with Simon McQuid making his feature directorial debut.
Mortal Kombat follows MMA fighter Cole Young, who is accustomed to taking a beating for money, that 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?
While you will have to wait until April 16, 2021 to the see the film in theaters and on HBO Max you can check out the first poster and red band trailer here now from Warner Bros.