Finish Him!

Warner Bros. has finally shared some first images and story details for the long-awaited Mortal Kombat movie.

The Mortal Kombat movie reboot has been in the works for quite a while, with Warner Bros first announcing director Simon McQuoid and writer Greg Russo back in 2016. Despite this, details have been hard to come by until now.
Speaking in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, McQuoid explains the significance of blood as a thematic element in the film –

“Blood represents family,”

“Blood represents a connection. Blood represents who we are. Without getting too overcomplicated, what we did is use blood exceptionally.”

As for the plot, proceedings get underway with a “pretty nasty” opening action set-piece which charts the conflict between the clans of Hanzo and Bi-Han (who, of course, go on to become Scorpion and Sub-Zero, here played by Hiroyuki Sanada and Joe Taslim respectively) in Feudal Japan.
From there, the action shifts to the modern-day, with the remaining movie following the adventures of washed-up MMA fighter Cole Young (played by Lewis Tan), an entirely new character to the Mortal Kombat universe, who gradually becomes embroiled with the series’ familiar cast after intervention by Outworld emperor, Shang Tsung (Chin Han).

Other confirmed characters from the games include Jax (Mehcad Brooks), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Kung Lao (Max Huang), and Kano (Josh Lawson).
McQuoid’s take on Mortal Kombat won’t be shying away from gore, blood, or the series’ iconic Fatalities and that the R-rated movie includes some “really badass” ones –

“They’re brutal, man. They don’t hold back.”

Mortal Kombat’s North American launch on 16th April will see the movie release simultaneously on HBO Max and in cinemas. A UK release date is yet to be confirmed.