A new live-action film adaptation of the popular Mortal Kombat games is set to release in theaters this year. The new reboot from Warner Bros. comes two decades after the last film, Mortal Kombat: Annhilation in 1997.
The new Mortal Kombat movie is being produced James Wan, known for directing the 2018 Aquaman film and The Conjuring.
Here's everything you need to know about the new Mortal Kombat movie's release date, plot, cast, and trailers. Be sure to bookmark this page to check on future updates as more information is released by the studio.
Mortal Kombat Movie Release Date: When will the Mortal Kombat reboot be released in theaters and HBO Max?
The new Mortal Kombat movie will be released in 2021, and Warner Bros. announced last month that the new release date is April 16, 2021.
Mortal Kombat is set to premiere both in theaters and HBO Max. Last December, Warner Bros. announced that its entire slate of 2021 films will have simultaneous premieres both in movie theaters and in HBO Max. It's a major move made by the studio to appease both theater chains and stay-at-home fans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Before the pandemic, the film was slated to release over MLK weekend on January 15, but it has been moved to April 16. It will join other Warner Bros. films like Godzilla vs. Kong, Dune, Space Jam: A New Legacy, In the Heights, The Suicdie Squad, Reminscence, The Many Saints of Newart, The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, Judas and the Black Messiah, and more, to release in theaters and streaming on the same day of their individual release.
Mortal Kombat Movie Plot & Characters: What will the new reboot be about? Who Will Be Involved?
The studio has revealed an official plot synopsis:
In “Mortal Kombat,” 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?
In an interview with Collider, fromer Mortal Kombat reboot writer Oren Uziel described the script as being very dark.
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"When we first meet Cole, he's in a really bad spot," Tan told EW. "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," he added.
The Hashtag Show's website also reportedly revealed the character details for the Mortal Kombat reboot:
Here's a list of confirmed actors, the characters they're playing, and the movies they previously starred in.
Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk from Earth who is invited to the mysterious Mortal Kombat tournament.
Mechad Brooks (Supergirl) as Jax, an American Special Forces soldier with augmented, cybernetic arms.
Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade, a tough-as-nails soldier who leads the Outer World Investigation Agency, an Earth-based unit that deals with extra-worldly threats. She harbors a grudge against Kano, leader of the mercenary clan the Black Dragon, who killed her former partner.
Josh Lawson (House of Lies) as Kano, leader of the Black Dragons who wears a metal plate to hide facial injuries sustained from Jax.
Tadanobu Asano (Thor) as Raiden, an immortal thunder god who helps Earth win Mortal Kombat.
Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld) as Scorpion, an undead ninja who seeks vengeance for his family against his rival, Sub-Zero. Best remembered for his fiery spear that pulls his targets close to afford him a killing shot.
Joe Taslim (The Raid) as Sub-Zero, a ninja from the Lin Kuei clan who possesses the powers of ice.
Chin Han (The Dark Knight) as Shang Tsung, a sinister Shaolin monk and shape-shifter who can absorb the souls of the living.
Sisi Stringer as Mileena, a half-human, half-Tarkatan assassin.
Max Huang as Kung Lao, a Shaolin monk and best friend of Liu Kang who is remembered by fans for his unique weapon: His razor-sharp, circular hat.
Lewis Tan (Into the Badlands) in an unknown role.
The actor for Johnny Cage hasn't been revealed yet.
Mortal Kombat Movie Director & Writer: Who's directing and writing the new Mortal Kombat movie?
Simon McQuoid directed the new Mortal Kombat reboot. This is his first major feature film, but he's made many commercials, including some videogame commercials for Call of Duty and Halo. He also made an H&R Block spot starring Mad Men star Jon Hamm.
The script of the new Mortal Kombat film was written by Greg Russo. He's working on or has worked on other videogame movie adaptations like the new Resident Evil, Saints, Space Invaders, Saints Row, and FEAR. Most of Russo's writing credits are primarily on unreleased projects, so we'll have to wait and see his approach for the big screen.
Russo confirmed that the Mortal Kombat movie will be Rated-R, and for the first time ever, fatalities will make their way to the big screen.
In January 2021, actor Lewis Tan talked about the Fatalities in the movie. “There are some crazy fatalities," Tan said. "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, they don't hold back.”