Mortal Kombat: Ludi Lin Pays Tribute To Original Liu Kang Robin Shou

It's official: Ludi Lin will play Liu Kang in the new Mortal Kombat movie from New Line Cinema. The Black Mirror star immediately celebrated the casting on social media but also made sure to pay tribute to Robin Shou, who originally played the video game character in the first two films.

Lin took to Twitter to confirm the casting. The Power Rangers actor made sure to thank Mortal Kombat fans as well as Shou for paving the way for him. Take a look at his tweet below.

"Much luv to all the MK fans button mashing that kept the series thriving. Respect to Robin Shou for portraying the OG LK. An unshakable source of pride for countless of us. Times are changing but the challenges keep coming. I'm so ready for the fight," Lin wrote. He added the hashtags #MORTALKOMBAT! and #LiuKang.

Shou portrayed Liu Kang in the 1995 film as well as its 1997 sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. He also played another video game character Gen in Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.

The new Mortal Kombat movie also added Thor: Ragnarok star Tadanobu Asano as Raiden as well as Supergirl actor Mehcad Brooks as Jax. Sisi Stringer will portray the sai-wielding assassin Mileena. The first cast member to be confirmed was Joe Taslim, who is set to play Sub-Zero.

Mortal Kombat begins production in Australia later this year and is scheduled for release on March 5, 2021.

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