It’s been a long time coming. The last time an adaptation of the hugely popular video game franchise, Mortal Kombat, graced our screens was back in 1997, when Mortal Kombat: Annihilation received a critical and commercial drubbing comparable to the franchise’s bloodiest fatalities. In the two-plus decades since, a reboot has been mooted a number of times, with director Kevin Tancharoen receiving the green light off the back of his Mortal Kombat: Rebirth fan film.
Now, at long last, the tournament is on again, thanks to producer James Wan (Saw, Aquaman) and debuting director Simon McQuoid. Set for release in Australia on April 22, Mortal Kombat sees Lewis Tan as Cole Young, an MMA fighter who finds himself targeted by the mystical assassin Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim of The Raid and The Night Comes for Us) on the orders of Outworld Emperor Shang Tsung (Chin Han). Trying to uncover the motive behind the attack, Young is quickly embroiled in an inter-dimensional battle for the very survival of the Earth, teaming up with martial artist Sonya Blade (Home and Away’s Jessica McNamee), ex-special forces soldier Jax (Mehcad Brooks of Supergirl), and maverick mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson, recently seen as Paul Hogan in Hoges) under the tutelage of thunder god Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano of Thor and Midway).