'Mortal Kombat' Reboot Movie Finds Its Sonya Blade and Kano, Lewis Tan Cast in Mystery Role
The Mortal Kombat reboot has found its three latest kombatants.
The Meg actor Jessica McNamee is set to portray Sonya Blade, a special forces officer whose goal in most of the games is to take down archenemy Kano and his Black Dragon crime syndicate. Rounding out the other half of that rivalry is Hulu’s Becoming Bond star Josh Lawson who will portray the ruthless Kano.
Additionally, Wu Assassins star Lewis Tan is in final negotiations for an undisclosed role. Up until this point, we’ve known exactly who each cast member will portray. So it’s certainly curious that Tan’s role remains a mystery. While many have taken this to mean he’ll be portraying an original character, it could also mean that he’s up for more multiple roles and he or the studio has yet to settle on one. Our bets are on Kung Lao, but he could make a villainous turn as Shang Tsung. Stay tuned for the official word on Tan once the news drops.
The three new additions join a cast that includes Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, and Ludi Lin as Liu Kang.
The film is set to begin shooting in Australia later this year. Simon McQuoid will make his directorial debut on the reboot, directing from a script by Greg Russo. Aquaman director James Wan and his Atomic Monster banner will produce for New Line Cinema.
Mortal Kombat is based on a fighting game series of the same name that first hit consoles in 1992. Since then, it has sold over 49 million copies across a dozen canonical games with the most recent Mortal Kombat 11 seeing the most successful launch in franchise history. MK11 is currently set to feature The Joker, the T-800 model Terminator, and Todd McFarlane’s Spawn as guest fighters.
In 1995, director Paul W. S. Anderson adapted the game for the big screen, garnering an impressive $122 million box office haul for his effort. It was followed by 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, a commercial and critical failure.
Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters on March 5, 2021 opposite Sony’s Masters of the Universe reboot, so expect one of the studios to blink and move from that date.