Back in 1992, an arcade game was released that would reinvent the genre of fighting games. That game was Mortal Kombat, and it was so popular that they released their tenth game earlier this year, titled Mortal Kombat X. It was also popular enough to spawn a movie back in 1995, cleverly and originally titled Mortal Kombat: The Movie.
Unfortunately, it was a PG-13 family movie with special effects that... weren't there yet. But today, Mortal Kombat is still as popular as ever, with the new Mortal Kombat X and Machinima's Mortal Kombat Legacy series online. (If you're interested, you can binge-watch the series on YouTube and come back to finish the article. I'll wait.)
You're back! Fantastic! Now down to business: As I said before, Mortal Kombat is extremely popular, and is definitely the most popular fighting game out there.
But, without a good movie, Mortal Kombat fans like myself aren't getting what they deserve: A chance to walk into the movie theater and see the characters from their childhood onscreen. But without a good cast, it's doubtful that there could be a good movie. So, without further ado, here is my Mortal Kombat fan cast!
NOTE: This movie will be based off of Mortal Kombat 9, which is the modern reboot of the games. If you haven't played it, here are all of the cutscenes to the game, so you can understand what happens.
DIRECTOR: Quentin Tarantino
A movie's director is as important, if not more important, than the cast itself, and Tarantino is one of the best in the business. With an impressive resume consisting of some of the most fun and goriest movies ever (Inglorious Basterds, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill, etc.), directing a fun, epic action movie with some of the most brutal take downs ever would be a walk in the park for him, and seeing what he does with the fatality will be unforgettable. Tarantino is the perfect choice.
RAIDEN: Sam Witwer
Sam Witwer is a fantastic and under rated actor, appearing mostly in TV shows and not many movies. He was in shows like Being Human, Smallville, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He was also the main character in the Star Wars: Force Unleashed video games, which are also criminally underrated. In all of these shows and video games, he demonstrates extreme intensity and talent, both of which will be needed for a character as complicated as Raiden.
SHAO KAHN: Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson
Ah, the Mountain. Game of Thrones' very own Gregor Clegane, Hafthór Júlíus Björnsson is big enough and talented enough to pull off Mortal Kombat's own conqueror of worlds. To me, there really is no other pick. Don't believe me? Just watch.
JOHNNY CAGE: Chris Pratt
As much as I love Chris Pratt, he wasn't my first choice. My original pick was Daredevil's Charlie Cox, but Chris Pratt is a much better choice. Appearing in instant classics like The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Jurassic World, as well as the hilariously funny Parks and Recreation, Chris Pratt is just like Johnny Cage. He has the action and the comedy, and talent to spare. If you're saying to yourself "Who's Chris Pratt?" click on literally any other article on MoviePilot. Literally any one. I guarantee he's mentioned.
SONYA BLADE: Caity Lotz
Caity Lotz: Arrow's own resident female ass-kicker. Caity is incredibly talented, in both fighting and acting, both evidenced in Arrow and The Machine, and no one can tell me she isn't perfect for the role of Sonya.
LIU KANG: Shaoqun Yu
Shaoqun Yu is probably my favorite martial artist, since I saw Shaolin. He's a young up-and-comer, but damn is he a good fighter. He's acted along side the legend that is Jackie Chan several times, and anyone who can go up against Jackie Chan is worthy of being Liu Kang.
KITANA/MILEENA: Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot is a great actress, as evidenced by the Fast and Furious movies. She's got a foreign look that Kitana has, as well as Mileena (who is Kitana's clone, so that's why she's double cast.) We haven't really seen her fight, but the Injustice and comic book Wonder Woman has a very similar style to how Kitana fights in Mortal Kombat 9, so jumping from Wonder Woman to Kitana isn't that hard.
SHANG TSUNG: Siu-Wong Fan
Siu-Wong Fan is a fantastic martial artist and actor, acting in three of the Ip Man movies as Jin Shan Zhou. His father was the legendary martial arts actor (who studied under Bruce Lee) Mei-Shang Fan. If Ip Man wasn't enough, he was also Riki-Oh Saiga in the instant kung-fu classic fro 1991, Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky, which was such a new twist on the genre itself. Siu-Wong Fan is the perfect candidate for this classic video game bad guy.
KANO: Manu Bennet
Manu has a fantastic resume of action, including The Hobbit, Arrow, and the Netflix show Spartacus: War of the Damned. Manu is a total badass, and this casting is what inspired me to write the article. Not to mentioned he already played a one-eyed Australian badass on Arrow, so let's see him play a one-eyed Australian badass in Mortal Kombat.
SCORPION: Chen Chang
Chen was in two Kung-Fu classics: Red Cliff (my personal favorite) and the legendary Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. He's a fantastic actor, and clearly has the martial arts chops to play Scorpion, who is my favorite Mortal Kombat character and was EXTREMELY hard to cast. This took me days to figure out, but looking back on it, Chen Chang is the clear choice for the ninja Ghost Rider.
SUB-ZERO: Takeshi Kaneshiro
Another Red Cliff alumni, Takeshi is an all around badass, who acted in another classic kung-fu movie, House of Flying Daggers. He's got the kung-fu chops that make Sub-Zero so great, and not to mention he's acted with Chen Chang before and proven the onscreen chemistry with him. Takeshi's acting is also great, and Sub-Zero would be a perfect role for him.
JAX: Terry Crews
Yep. The Old Spice Guy himself, Terry Crews. While he's mostly known for his acting in comedies, like Get Smart, White Chicks, and the hilariously funny Fox series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, we have also seen him in some action roles, like Caesar in the Expendables 3, and that hilarious paintball scene with The Rock in Get Smart. Honestly, I want to see Terry Crews in practically every action movie, but baby steps.
STRYKER: Stephen Amell
"You have failed this city." Stephen Amell is a great actor in general, and has the privelage of being two fantastic vigilantes: Green Arrow in Arrow, and Casey Jones in the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel. He's one of my favorite actors, and a genuinely nice person. He could bring so much to the role of Stryker that it would be an Oscar winning performance in a Mortal Kombat movie.
KABAL: Channing Tatum
I'd be lying if I said I didn't love everything Channing Tatum is in, whether he's saving the president in White House Down, performing an undercover drug bust in 21 Jump Street, or *ahem* letting off steam in Magic Mike. He's a fantastic actor, and is about to play a rebooted Gambit in the upcoming X-Men movies. We've never REALLY seen him fight, but I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard for him to learn.
CYRAX: Ray Fisher
While it's true, Ray Fisher hasn't been in any feature length movies (or really anything for that matter), he went from being in off-broadway productions with the occasional TV episode here and there to being a MEMBER OF THE JUSTICE LEAGUE. In his first role on any movie, Ray lands one of the main characters. That's one of the most impressive things I've ever heard, and I'm sure he'll be great as Cyborg and Cyrax.
SEKTOR: Sung Kang
Sung Kang, otherwise known as the OTHER Han Seoul-Oh, is my choice for Sektor. We've only seen him fight in a couple Fast & Furious movies and in the disgrace that is Live Free or Die Hard, but Sung Kang is a great actor, and one that can pull of a badass cyborg like Sektor. I hated to see him go in Tokyo Drift because he sold me so much on his character. (No, that's not a spoiler. That movie's been out for almost 10 years.)
KUNG LAO: Cung Le
While Cung Le was already in a fighting game movie (he was Marshall Law in Tekken), he's a great actor and an even better fighter. He was originally an MMA fighter before moving onto movies like Dragon Eyes and The Man with the Iron Fists. Cung Le is basically the Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson of Vietnam, and I would love to see him sell us his version of Kung Lao.
QUAN-CHI: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is an American icon, and the American Cung Le. He's a fantastic actor, evidenced in the Fast and Furious movies as well as his take on Hercules. He'll be joining the DCCU when Shazam hits theaters in 2019, which is way too long. The Rock is action movie gold, and I would LOVE to see him in a kung-fu movie like this one.
TOASTY GUY: Paul Rudd