Mortal Kombat, based on a video game, is a 2021 martial arts fantasy film. A reboot of the Mortal Kombat film series is directed by Simon McQuoid, from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, and a story written by Russo and Oren Uziel. The film grossed $84million worldwide against a $55million budget.
The plot of the film involves MMA fighter Cole Young (played by Lewis Tan), who is unaware of his heritage and accustomed to taking beatings for money. He finds himself at Lord Raiden’s temple and seeks out Earth’s greatest champions to stand against the enemies in a battle for the universe. The cast of the film includes Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Chin Han, Mehcad Brooks, Josh Lawson, Ludi Lan, Tadanobu Asano, Laura Brent, Nathan Jones, Joe Taslim, and Hiroyuki Sanada.
Preparing for the role of Scorpion or Hanzo Hasashi
Hiroyuki Sanada, a Japanese actor, and martial artist played the role of Scorpion (or Hanzo Hasashi). His character is arguably the only character to be developed from beginning to end. While preparing for his role, he immediately embraced his character and loved his fighting style and weapons. Yet, he felt the pressure of getting it right.
Are we going to see Scorpion again?
Warner Bros Mortal Kombat sequel is announced. When asked about his return as Scorpion in the sequel, Hiroyuki Sanada said:
“I have no idea, I didn’t hear anything officially yet. But, I hope they’ll make a Scorpion part, and I will get to say ‘Get over here!’ again.”
During the press junket of Bullet Train when asked about who he would like to see play Johnny Cage, he said one of the assassins from Bullet Train maybe. Jeremy Slater, the writer of Mortal Kombat 2, says that nailing the balance between horror and fun is key. He further says that there is a tongue-in-cheek aspect of Mortal Kombat in terms of violence.
While Bullet Train will be in theatres this week but Mortal Kombat 2 is in development.