The Raid star Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub Zero in Simon McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat reboot.
Per THR, martial arts expert Joe Taslim who’s starred in The Raid, Fast & Furious 6 & The Night Comes For Us is the first role to be cast in New Line Cinema’s live action reboot based on the 1992 classic fighting video game.
Greg Russo penned the script, with production scheduled to start in Australia later this year, Aquaman director James Wan will produce the film under his Atomic Monster banner.
Screenwriter Russo announced on Twitter that the film would be R-Rated and for the first time ever fatalities would be seen on the big screen.
“Since it’s already been stated by other members of the team, I’m gonna put this one to bed. MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I’m not gonna say which ones) You’ll just have to wait for the movie & see!!! ;)”
Since it's already been stated by other members of the team, I'm gonna put this one to bed. MK WILL be R-Rated and for the first time EVER, FATALITIES will FINALLY be on the big screen (and no I'm not gonna say which ones) You'll just have to wait for the movie & see!!! 😉 pic.twitter.com/aVTewH4t28
— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) July 12, 2019
The classic violent finisher moves will give fans something to look forward to and will differ from the two original feature films Mortal Kombat (1995) and Annihilation (1997) – these two films never featured any of the gore and gratuitous violence that had fans hooked. So lets hope the change will bring butts to seats.
New Line’s parent company Warner Bros. have been trying to reboot Mortal Kombat for at least a decade. Back in 2010 director Kevin Tancharoen turned heads when he made a short film Mortal Kombat: Rebirth re-imagining the franchise, this got fans of the series excited with its realistic and darker approach. This lead to a web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy and eventually Tancharoen was hired to bring the franchise to the big screen.
However things never came to fruition, with Tancharoen leaving the project after three years of trying to get it off the ground.
Mortal Kombat is scheduled to hit screens March 5, 2021.