Get Over Here and Learn Everything About the 'Mortal Kombat' Film Reboot

The classic fighting game is getting another movie, this time from James Wan.

Finish him! A film reboot of the iconic fighting game franchise, Mortal Kombat is koming soon to theaters. Based on the infamous video games where you can gleefully rip out your best friend’s spine, 2021’s Mortal Kombat will reboot the saga for the 21st century.

The first game, developed by Midway Games in Chicago, was released in arcades in 1992 and was an immediate hit that garnered immense controversy for its depictions of intense gore and violence. While not the only game taken to task before Congress in 1993, Mortal Kombat almost single-handedly prompted then U.S. Senators Joe Lieberman and Herb Kohl to argue for regulation on the content of video games. The hearings resulted in the formation of the Entertainment Software Rating Board that essentially acts as the MPAA for video games.

Despite (or maybe because of) the controversies, the Mortal Kombat series became one of the definitive media franchises to emerge from the ‘90s, with multiple sequels, spin-off games, comics, and even an animated series. Two theatrical films, 1995’s Mortal Kombat and 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, were also released.

The premise of the series concerns an ancient martial arts tournament, Mortal Kombat, where the greatest warriors in the multiverse compete to prevent their realms from being overtaken by the evil Shao Kahn. A ragtag trio from Earth, under the stewardship of Raiden the Thunder God, team up against the nastiest killers from various worlds to prevent the takeover of Earth.

Games in the main series’ canon were released until 2006’s Mortal Kombat: Armageddon, which functioned as a symbolic end to the series. After a brief period of hiatus (not to mention the closure of Midway Games), the series returned in a 2011 reboot. A sequel, Mortal Kombat X, followed in 2015, and Mortal Kombat 11 was released earlier this year.

But it wasn’t until a 2010 fan film, Mortal Kombat: Rebirth directed by Kevin Tancharoen, went viral on the internet and inspired the potential of a third movie. Rebirth led to the production of a two-season web-series, Mortal Kombat: Legacy which continued to gauge the waters for a movie before Tancharoen dropped out of the film project in 2013.

In 2015, James Wan signed on to produce Mortal Kombat with Warner Bros. After so many years of starts and stops, production has now commenced in Australia and will be released in theaters in 2021.

When Is the Mortal Kombat Movie Release Date?

Mortal Kombat is scheduled to hit theaters on March 5, 2021.

Is There a Trailer for Mortal Kombat?

Shooting has only just commenced, so there is currently no trailer for the film. However, one photo from the film’s set has emerged, posted by screenwriter Greg Russo on Twitter (@WriterRusso). You can see Russo’s photo below.

Greg Russo Mortal Kombat

Who’s in the Mortal Kombat Cast?

Mortal Kombat currently sports a large ensemble cast of known actors from other franchise/genre media. The movie’s confirmed cast is below:

  • Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, a Shaolin monk from Earth who is invited to the mysterious Mortal Kombat tournament.
  • Mechad Brooks (Supergirl) as Jax, an American Special Forces soldier who later gains augmented, cybernetic arms.
  • Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade, a tough-as-nails soldier who leads the Outer World Investigation Agency, an Earth-based unit that deals with extra-worldly threats. She harbors a grudge against Kano, leader of the mercenary clan the Black Dragon, who killed her former partner.
  • Josh Lawson (House of Lies) as Kano, leader of the Black Dragons who wears a metal plate to hide facial injuries sustained from Jax.
  • Tadanobu Asano (Thor) as Raiden, an immortal God of Thunder who helps Earth’s fighters win Mortal Kombat.
  • Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld) as Scorpion, an undead ninja who seeks vengeance for his family against his rival, Sub-Zero. Best remembered for his fiery spear that pulls his targets close to afford him a killing shot.
  • Joe Taslim (The Raid) as Sub-Zero, a ninja from the Lin Kuei clan who possesses the powers of ice and frost.
  • Chin Han (The Dark Knight) as Shang Tsung, a sinister Shaolin monk and shape-shifter who can absorb the souls of the living.
  • Sisi Stringer as Mileena, a half-human, half-Tarkatan ninja assassin.
  • Max Huang as Kung Lao, a Shaolin monk and best friend of Liu Kang who is remembered by fans for his unique weapon: His razor-sharp, circular hat.
  • Lewis Tan, in an unknown role. Worth pointing out that fan-favorite character Johnny Cage has not yet been revealed…

Furthermore, Mortal Kombat will be directed by first-time director Simon McQuoid, a commercial director who has directed feature film-quality ads for PlayStation, HP, H&R Block, Nissan, Duracell/Star Wars, the Call of Duty and Halo video games, and Netflix.

What is the Plot of Mortal Kombat?

Details regarding the story of Mortal Kombat are scarce. But you can bet that the film will loosely adapt the first game in the series, which explores a handful of Earth’s best warriors who fight to save Earth from conquest.


Mortal Kombat will be released in theaters on March 5, 2021.

Media via Trailer for 'Mortal Kombat 11,' available now for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch., Twitter.com/WriterRusso, Warner Bros. Games Studios, Warner Bros. Games