The reboot of the “Mortal Kombat” franchise by a new film has the industry in buzz. Not only is it being made some twenty years after the failure of the last mortal Kombat movie, but the director Simon McQuoid was pretty insistent about having an inclusive cast for the movies. “Mortal Kombat” is a worldwide phenomenon and has characters from various ethnic backgrounds. McQuoid wanted to be as true to the source as possible. In the quest to do so, Joe Taslim was first to be cast as antagonist Sub-Zero.
Mortal Kombat: Release Date
“Mortal Kombat” is set to release on Friday 16th April 2021. The movie will release theatrically, as well as on HBO Max.
Mortal Kombat: Cast
It’s quite hard to list down everyone in the “Mortal Kombat” franchise, given that it has over 60 main characters. For the moment, we have the confirmed cast of a few of the main characters that will appear in the 2021 movie. Cole Young, the Main Protagonist will be played by Lewis Tan. Jessia McNamee will be playing Sonya Blade and Josh lawson is on board as kano. Joe Taslim will be playing the antagonist Bi-Han or Sub-Zero.
Producer Todd Garner recently discussed the casting of Taslim as the first one on board with the film. According to garner, casting Taslim was a necessity as he set into motion the casting of other actors. When the producers approached him, Taslim at once accepted the role. He was extremely quick in his response. Later, he confirmed if the producers were actually making the movie since for some time he was the only one on the cast list. Garner said how it was difficult to piece all the actors, like Max Huang and Ludi Lin, onto the story since not only were the casting choices important but ensuring that they got roles that suited their expertise was also important. The point was to make the cast as inclusive as possible, to Mortal Kombat as authentic as possible. The whole point of the movie is to represent the world.
Casting Taslim was important because Sub-Zero is the one who sets down the premise of the movie. As one of the main antagonists, he is the one who initiates the whole thing. His character is extremely important and even though Sub-Zero is killed in the games after a fight with Scorpion, he is resurrected in the second Mortal Kombat game as Noob Saibot.
About: Joe Taslim
Joe Taslim is an Indonesian actor. He is also a martial artist and was a part of the Indonesia Judo national team for over a decade between 1997 and 2009. Taslim has made his mark in Hollywood by working in projects like “Fast & Furious 6” as Jah, “Star Trek Beyond” as Manas and “Warrior”.
Mortal Kombat: Plot
“Mortal Kombat” is set in a universe that has eighteen realms created by the Elder Gods. The story takes place on Earth, where Cole Young, the main protagonist, does not know anything about his lineage. As he starts to be hunted by Sub-Zero, Young, a mixed martial arts fighter, goes to look for fighters who are the defenders of Earth, or Earthrealm.