The new Mortal Kombat movie developed by New Line Cinema, based on the popular fighting game franchise and serving as a reboot to 1995’s Mortal Kombat, has added new cast members: Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson and Lewis Tan.
Jessica McNamee, whose movies include Battle of the Sexes and the action blockbuster The Meg, is in final negotiations to play Sonya Blade, the most popular female character of the game. Blade is a member of an elite special forces unit and one of the main fighters representing the Earth realm. She ends up marrying Hollywood star and fellow Earth defender Johnny Cage.
Josh Lawson has closed a deal to play Sonya’s rival Kano. Kano is an Aussie cyborg criminal who’s a member of the Black Dragon clan. He’s known for his wisecracks and crude humor, as well as his fatality where he rips his adversary’s heart out, making Lawson a good fit for the role consdering his Australian nationality and his background in comedies like The Little Death and Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.
Lewis Tan is also in final negotiations to join the movie, although the role is unknown as of yet. Tan is a professional martial artist, starring in martial arts shows like Iron Fist, Into the Badlands, and Wu Assassins. He also played Shatterstar in Deadpool 2. He could be set to play Scorpion, one of the main characters of the game, since the role hasn’t been cast yet.
The movie will be written by Greg Russo and will star Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooksas Jackson ‘Jax’ Briggs, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. The movie’s plot is unknown but the game follows a deadly fighting tournament held between the best fighters of Earth and Outworld to decide the fate of both realms.
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Mortal Kombat releases March 5, 2021.
Written by: Miguel Coelho
Source: The Hollywood Repoter