Warner Bros has released new images and plot details for the upcoming James Wan produced reboot of Mortal Kombat
Set for release in April, Warner Bros. has kept the new Mortal Kombat movie under wraps. The James Wan produced blockbuster is being released in cinemas and HBO Max on April 16. And although we know it is intended to be R-rated, little is known about the plot or its characters.
Well, all that is about to change. At last. Warner Bros. is pulling back the curtain and giving us our first look. Initially featured in Entertainment Weekly‘s exclusive coverage, Warner Bros has made the images available to the press. And we are delighted to share them with you.
The images reveal Sub-Zero, Kano, Sonya Blade, Jax, and Scorpion before they become the characters we know and love. As well as a new character designed specifically for the movie named Cole Young.
Lewis Tan is stepping in to fill the role of Cole Young. And he has opened up about the role and what we can expect to see from the newcomer.
“When we first meet Cole, he’s in a really bad spot. 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.”
Cole also happens to have a birthmark on his chest that’s in the shape of the Mortal Kombat symbol, which is why sinister sorcerer/emperor of the realm Outerworld, Shang Tsung (Chin Han), sends Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim) after him.
“Major Jackson “Jax” Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), a special forces major who bears the same mark as Cole, urges him to seek out Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee). She ferries him onward to the next leg of the journey, to the thunderous Elder God known as Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), who grants sanctuary at his temple to all those with the mark. There, Cole encounters even more recognizable characters from the Mortal Kombat games — Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (Max Huang), and Kano (Josh Lawson) — as they all train for a high-stakes tournament to defeat the invading enemies from Outerworld.”
BI-HAN VS HANZO
The image of Bi-Han (Taslim) fighting Hanzo (Hiroyuki Sanada) comes from the beginning of the movie, as this Mortal Kombat starts with a 10-minute sequence that focuses on their blood feud.
“In feudal Japan, long before these fighters wielded supernatural abilities as Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it ends in “a pretty nasty hand-to-hand combat” between the two.”
Hanzo is shown to be a peaceful family man before that fight, but during this sequence, we learn why he’ll use a kunai blade when he becomes Scorpion. Director Simon McQuoid told EW:
“We did a bit of research and the kunai is actually an ancient Japanese gardening tool. So, one of the earliest shots in the movie is the kunai blade being used as a gardening tool by Hanzo’s wife.”
The film will also deliver “gore, blood, and fatalities”, which is why it has earned an R rating.
“There are some crazy fatalities. 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 don’t hold back.”
James Wan produced Mortal Kombat with Todd Garner. Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear, and Sean Robins serve as executive producers.
These new images are tantalizing. And hopefully, a trailer won’t be too far behind.
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