New Line’s Mortal Kombat movie has found two of its heaviest hitters. This comes less than a month after the film officially cast its Jax (Mehcad Brooks), Mileena (Sisi Stringer) and Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) in lead roles. Mortal Kombat is set to release in 2021, and is a reboot of the 1995 film of the same name, which received mixed to negative reviews from critics but made a decent profit at the box office, leading to a much-maligned sequel in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. That film failed at the box office and was completely panned by critics and fans alike, but now studio New Line looks to give the franchise another shot.
The Meg actress Jessica McNamee is in final negotiations to play Sonya Blade, while Aussie actor Josh Lawson has closed a deal to play Kano. Also in final negotiations to play an undisclosed lead character is Wu Assassins and Deadpool 2 actor Lewis Tan.
Casting Sonya Blade and Kano is a big deal for the Mortal Kombat reboot, especially the former, who’s one of the main protagonists of the video game series. Kano, on the other hand, is Blade’s mortal enemy throughout them. Whether or not the upcoming film establishes that plot point between the two characters is unknown, but considering its importance to Blade’s character development, it’s likely Wan and director Simon McQuoid will touch on it. As for which character Tan could be portraying, that’s a little more difficult to say, but a fun possibility is that producers are going to throw a curveball at fans and put him in the role of Johnny Cage. This is obviously not confirmed, however.
Mortal Kombat, which is set to shoot later this year in southern Australia, is being executive produced by Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins.