Entertainment Weekly has offered fans a closer look at the R-rated movie, which features a cast of ferocious fighters, including Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Josh Lawson as Kano, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Max Huang as Lung Lao Max, and Lewis Tan as an all-new character.
In the Mortal Kombat movie reboot, Tan will be portraying Cole Young, a “washed-up MMA fighter” who bears a birthmark in the shape of the Mortal Kombat symbol on his chest. This mysterious marking propels him onto a journey with Sonya Blade, who leads him to the temple of a thunderous Elder God known as Lord Raiden, where he comes into contact with a group of highly-skilled fighters.
“When we first meet Cole, he’s in a really bad spot,” Tan told the outlet. “He’s down on his luck. He’s kind of a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion, who used to believe in himself, who used to have a lot of hope in his career. And it’s all gone down the drain. It’s a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that, along the journey of Mortal Kombat and Cole discovering where he comes from, you’re introduced to all these other iconic characters and elements that everybody loves so dearly.”At the temple, Cole and the others will spend their time training for “a high-stakes tournament to defeat the invading enemies from Outerworld,” which will eventually lead to plenty of fights and, for the first time, fatalities. Director Simon McQuoid jokingly told stunt coordinator Kyle Gardiner to craft “the best fight sequences ever done in a movie ever,” which spawned some blood-splattered action scenes.
“It’s amount of blood, it’s amount of red, it’s interpretation of how you go about it,” McQuoid explained, speaking about the execution of the fight scenes. “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.”
“There are some crazy fatalities,” added Tan, who performed his own stunts on set. “We’ve picked a couple of iconic ones. 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.”
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Warner Bros. will release the new James Wan-produced live-action adaptation of Mortal Kombat to theaters and HBO Max simultaneously on April 16, 2021. The movie’s distribution plan was reconsidered due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has impacted several studios and their release calendars over the past year.
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Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.