New “Mortal Kombat” Video Invites You To “Meet the Kast”
If you’re not already up to speed on Warner Bros. reboot of Mortal Kombat (the original 1995 film was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson), this new video will help you figure out who’s who in what promises to be a gnarly, fun update to the franchise. Director Simon McQuoid’s film, adapted from the iconic video game, will be making its theatrical debut on the same day it premieres on HBO Max on April 23. The trailer promised what’s likely going to be a bloody good time, and now you can really get to know the “Kast.”
Mortal Kombat is all about the fighting, so the Kast, of course, are all fighters. Pretty much all your favorite Mortal Kombat characters are accounted for here—Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), Liu Kang (Ludi Lin), Jax (Mehcad Brooks), Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), Kano (Josh Lawson), Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee), Kung Lao (Max Huang), and Goro (Angus Sampson). The action looks as brutal as the original game, and the cast is as international as the characters are (to be fair, many of the characters are otherworldly, but still). This video captures just how hard the cast and crew worked to make sure Mortal Kombat lives up to its title, and that included lots of practical stunts and expert fight choreography.
McQuoid directs from a script by Greg Russo and Wonder Woman 1984 scribe Dave Callaham. Meet the Kast below.
Here’s the synopsis from Warner Bros:
In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
For more on Warner Bros., HBO, and HBO Max, check out these stories:
Featured image: Caption: (L-r) NATHAN JONES as Reiko, SISI STRINGER as Mileena and DANIEL NELSON as Kabal in New Line Cinema’s action adventure “Mortal Kombat,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo Credit: Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures