We all remember our initial excitement at the first [Mortal Kombat](tag:38705) film. It brought our favorite characters to life in a solid story and left us wanting more. Then came what ended up being a travesty of a sequel with shoddy acting, character changes, and some pretty lame effects. Hope in the live-action franchise was renewed when the Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries came along in the last few years. It brought a deep storyline, compelling characters, and truly renewed our interest in Mortal Kombat beyond the games. Then came news that a film reboot was being worked on based off of Legacy, and that was the last we really heard, until this week. It has been announced Mortal Kombat is getting another shot as a feature film, and that James Wan is set to spearhead the film. Known for his work on the Fast & Furious Series, Saw Franchise, Insidious 1 & 2, and The Conjuring, Wan is an in-demand fixture in Hollywood.
According to The Tracking Board, the film is still set to be written by MK: Legacy scribe Oren Uziel and The Expendables writer Dave Callaham. New Line Cinemas Studio will be handling the film, and are angling for "darker, brutally real martial arts" along with "a departure from the mythology" that we are used to seeing in the storylines. What we know of the movie's story so far:
Mortal Kombat centers around a seemingly harmless guy who realizes his potential when he finds himself caught in the middle of a cross-dimensional battle between the warriors of Earth and the monsters of Outworld. Now, in order to stop the world from total destruction, he must win the martial arts tournament known as Ã¢ÂÂMortal KombatÃ¢ÂÂ.
Sounds fairly true to it's roots at this point, with the protagonist's description seemingly pointing to Liu Kang.
There are countless characters from the games that can be brought into the film in one way or another, but I will stick to just the most known for now. Fellow MP Creator Kelvin Mercer did a fan cast for this a few days ago, here, and I did like a couple of his choices enough that I stuck with them, so he gets credit for those.
Liu Kang - Rain (Jung Ji-hoon)
The Korean popstar broke out into America with his starring role in the Wachowski brothers' Ninja Assassin. While not a great movie, I believe he did a solid job in it. He is young enough, 33, to be able to handle a role like Liu Kang if the possibility of sequels should arise. He has the martial arts experience and I feel should get the role.
Johnny Cage - Stephen Amell
This was one of Kelvin Mercer's picks and I LOVED it. Amell is absolutely perfect for the role. Johnny Cage is a brash, cocky, young star looking to expand his reach in the MK Tournament and Amell fits the bill exactly. His work on Arrow already has him in the spotlight and he will be appearing in the next TMNT film as Casey Jones.
Sonya Blade - Katee Sackhoff
Yes she may get overused in fan casts, but for this role I think she is perfect. She is tough as nails, she can fight, and she looks good doing it. I think her acting chops and personality fit who Sonya Blade is.
Shang Tsung - Lee Byung-hun
Most known for his role as Storm Shadow in the G.I. JOE films, Lee is an excellent martial artist and adept at playing the "villain" role. I think starting off with a young-ish Shang Tsung would be a nice way to approach the character, expecially if he might carry on into future films.
Goro - Nathan Jones
This was another of Kelvin's choices, and an easy pick in my opinion. Jones' experience as a wrestler as well as his fighting experience in several movies makes him a near perfect choice for Goro. His size already gives him the intimidating presence that goes with the character.
Kano - Manu Bennett
Is it bad typecasting to pick him as a villain with one actual good eye? I don't care. This is a role he would absolutely own. He has the look, he has the talents, and he can handle the voice. Bennett is, hands down, my favorite choice for the role of Kano.
Kitana - Maggie Q
Gorgeous, fierce, a tough fighter, mysterious...I'm talking about both Kitana and actress Maggie Q. Kitana is a role I think Maggie would totally rock.
Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi - Tony Jaa
I know the biggest knock on Jaa is he doesn't speak English very well. Depending on what variation of the Scorpion character they choose to go with, his English may not even matter much. His martial arts prowess is unquestionable and I would love to see him have a chance to shine here.
Sub Zero/Bi-han - Rick Yune
I would like to see this as the variation where he eventually is resurrected as Noob Saibot. I think Yune would be an excellent choice to portray the first Sub Zero, a much "colder" and driven version. Yune is great at this type of role, from Fast and Furious to Olympus Has Fallen.
Raiden - Donnie Yen
Donnie Yen is an incredible fighter. He carries himself in exactly the way you would imagine Raiden to do so.
I will try to do more characters in an additional post later on.