Through an exclusive note with the EW site, Explore Entertainment has shared the first details and official images of the new Mortal Kombat live action movie. These images show some of the main characters, such as Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and the main protagonist, Cole.
Cole, played by actor and martial artist Lewis Tan (known for his work on W u Assassins , Into the Badlands), is a brand new boxer and character in the Mortal Kombat universe. Similar to Resident Evil (which featured Alice), in this Mortal Kombat reboot we will follow Cole’s journey.
“When we first meet Cole, he’s in a really bad situation,” says Tan. “He’s unlucky. He’s kind of a finished 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 everything was spoiled. It’s a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that throughout Mortal Kombat’s journey and Cole finding out where he came from, they introduce you to all these other iconic characters and items that everyone loves so much. “
Cole knows nothing of his heritage other than the mysterious birthmark on his chest, in the form of the Mortal Kombat symbol. Tan says nothing about how this birthmark connects to the character’s origins, but agrees that “it is a unique symbol” that “eventually became linked to the journey he is undertaking.” It remains the only clue Cole has when the sinister sorcerer and emperor of the Outworld realm, Shang Tsung (Chin Han from Skyscraper), sends Sub-Zero, now with his cryomancy powers, to hunt him down. “
According to its director, Simon McQuoid, this Mortal Kombat movie will be gory, it will have incredible fights and will also feature several fatalities. Plus, MK fans can look forward to some Easter eggs, as well as the iconic moves of all the main characters.
Fatalities, as in dramatic game ending moves that often involve cutting someone completely in half or ripping their spine off, will be performed for the first time in a Mortal Kombat movie. “There are some very violent deaths,” Tan confirms. “Some of them are iconic. There are a lot of really cool signature moves you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that they hid from us in the movie, but there are some really raw deaths that I can’t wait to see on the big screen. They are brutal. “
Mortal Kombat will air on HBO Max and will be available in select theaters on April 16. The movie will have a great cast, including Joe Taslim, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, and more. McQuoid is still editing the film, but he already knows that it “definitely won’t get a PG-13 rating.”