By: John M Jerva
2021 cannot come fast enough as we paqtiently await for any footaqge from producer James Wan’s (Aquaman) Mortal Kombat which looks to reboot the popular fighting game franchise with a harder edged and more brutal take which hasn’t been seen on screen as of yet.
The film, which will hit theaters on Martin Luther King Day weekend next year, stars a host of action talent including Jessica McNamee (THE MEG) as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Lewis Tan (WU Assassins) in an undisclosed role as well as THE RAID star Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion.
Another star of the film is Chinese-Canadian actor Ludi Lin who will be playing th role of Liu Kang. He is best known for appearing in 2017’s Power Rangers reboot as Zack Taylor and also appeared in Wan’s Aquaman. Lin was recently interviewed for the film as well as The Ghost Bride and he mentioned the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat and stressed that director Simon McQuoidis was treating the property respectfully and is looking to make it a franchise and not just a one and done film.
In the interview for JayneStars, Lin was quoted as saying, “Director Simon McQuoid is very devoted to this world. He is very passionate about building a universe of Mortal Kombat, rather than one single fight film. He started a back story of the entire world and made sure to flesh out the characters, so that people feel it’s not just a video game and there is some substance behind it.
Also in the interview, Lin talked about how the character of Liu Kang was very much like himself:
“I got into fights when I was a kid. I didn’t like it when people picked on the weak, and I didn’t consider myself to be weak. I lost a lot of fights too. I also fought for what I thought was right. What I think is true. So that’s very Liu Kang.”
Filming on Mortal Kombat concluded lasy December in Australia and is currently i the post-production stage. Lin also described filming the movie as “one of the best experiences” that he has ever had on set and said that Wan, who directed him in Aquaman, was very supportive the entire time filming commenced.
Hopefully with the film in post, we will see some footage soon along with official images so keep it locked and loaded for more to come. “FIGHT!”