Multiple Asian actors have been cast for the highly anticipated reboot of “Mortal Kombat.”
The upcoming film, based on the popular fighting game franchise of the same name, will be produced by “Aquaman” and “Furious 7” director James Wan. The film will be helmed by Simon McQuoid, who will make his directorial debut.
The roster of fighters and the actors who will play them have officially been announced by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema.
“The Raid” star Joe Taslim, who appeared in “Fast & Furious 6” and “Star Trek Beyond,” was the first actor to be cast in the film back in July. He will be playing Sub-Zero.
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A month later, Variety reported that “Power Rangers” star Ludi Lin has been tapped to play fan-favorite Liu Kang.
On Tuesday, it was announced that “Thor: Ragnarok” actor Tadanobu Asano will be playing Raiden, Max Huang will take on the role of Kung Lao, Ng Chin Han will be Shang Tsung, and Hiroyuki Sanada will play Scorpion.
— Lewis Tan (@TheLewisTan) September 15, 2019
Lewis Tan has also been reported as part of the cast but his character has not been officially revealed. One role which has not been announced is for superstar action hero Johnny Cage.
Other notable roles include Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, and Josh Lawson as Kano.
It appears shooting for the film has commenced after “Mortal Kombat” co-writer Greg Russo shared a photo of a clapperboard with the hashtag #ITHASBEGUN on Sunday.
— Greg Russo (@WriterRusso) September 15, 2019
Wan’s “Mortal Kombat” reboot is set hit theaters on March 5, 2021.