From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new motion picture adventure “Mortal Kombat,” inspired through the blockbuster gaming franchise, which most lately enjoyed probably the most effective gaming launch in the history, Mortal Kombat 11. The show is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and created by James Wan (“The Conjuring” world films, “Aquaman,”), Todd Garner (“Into the Storm,” “Tag”), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (“Men in Black: Worldwide,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).
In “Mortal Kombat,” Martial artist Cole Youthful, familiar with going for a beating for the money, is not aware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to search Cole lower. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes looking for Sonya Blade in the direction of Jax, a unique Forces Major who bears exactly the same strange dragon marking Cole was created with. Soon, he finds themself in the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and also the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to individuals who bear the objective. Here, Cole trains with experienced players Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, because he prepares to face with Earth’s finest champions from the opponents of Outworld inside a high stakes fight for that world. And can Cole be pressed with enough contentration to unlock his arcana—the immense power from inside his soul—in time for you to save not just his family, but to prevent Outworld for good?
The varied worldwide cast reflects the worldwide nature of the trademark, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and fighting techinques. The ensemble includes Lewis Tan (“Deadpool 2,” Netflix’s “Wu Assassins”) as Cole Youthful Jessica McNamee (“The Meg”) as Sonya Blade Josh Lawson (“Bombshell”) as Kano Tadanobu Asano (“Midway”) as Lord Raiden Mehcad Brooks (TV’s “Supergirl”) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges Ludi Lin (“Aquaman”) as Liu Kang with Face Han (“Skyscraper”) as Shang Tsung Joe Taslim (“Star Trek Beyond”) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero and Hiroyuki Sanada (“Skyscraper”) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao Sisi Stringer as Mileena Matilda Kimber as Emily Youthful and Laura Brent as Allison Youthful.
McQuoid directed from the screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (“Wonder Lady 1984”), from the story by Oren Uziel (“Mortal Kombat: Rebirth”) and Russo, in line with the videogame produced by Erectile dysfunction Boon and John Tobias. Richard Brener, Dave Neustadter, Victoria Palmeri, Michael Obvious, Jeremy Stein and Ray Kasanoff offered as executive producers.
Getting the hugely popular property towards the giant screen, McQuoid brought a group of Australian and U.S. filmmakers, including director of photography Germain McMicking (“True Detective,” “Top from the Lake: China Girl”), production designer Naaman Marshall (“Underwater,” “Servant”), editors Dan Lebental (“Spider-Man: Not Even Close To Home”) and Scott Grey (“Top from the Lake,” “Daffodils”), visual effect supervisor Chris Godfrey (“Hacksaw Ridge”) and costume designer Cappi Ireland (“Lion,” “The Rover”). The background music is as simple as Benjamin Wallfisch (“Blade Runner 2049,” the “IT” films).