New Mortal Kombat featurette teases ‘sickeningly violent’ fight scenes
Ahead of the film’s U.S. debut next week, Warner Bros. Pictures has released a brand new featurette for the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat reboot, providing viewers new glimpses of the film’s epic fighting choreography that gives justice to the beloved video game’s iconic fatalities. The video teases the match-ups between characters such as Kano and Sonya Blade, Liu Kang and Kabal, and Mileena and Cole Young. It also highlighted the main cast’s impressive athleticism, especially with Lewis Tan and Joe Taslim’s portrayals of Cole Young and Sub-Zero, respectively. Check out the video in the player below!
Mortal Kombat was originally scheduled to debut this Friday, but was pushed back to April 23 earlier this month, though the Simon McQuoid-directed film is now playing in international theaters.
The diverse international cast of Mortal Kombat includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.
Inspired by Midway Games’ best-selling video game that was based on the original idea by Ed Boon ad John Tobias, the film centers around MMA fighter Cole 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?
Directed by Simon McQuoid from a screenplay written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, the film is produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein serving as executive producers. The creative team is also comprised of director of photography Germain McMicking (True Detective, Top of the Lake: China Girl), production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater, Servant), editor Scott Gray (Top of the Lake, Daffodils), and costume designer Cappi Ireland (Lion, The Rover).