Mortal Kombat first flooded into our lives in 1992, with Ed Boone's video game phenomenon. Three years later, we were treated to a live action film, starring Robin Shou as Liu Kang and Christopher Lambert as Lord Rayden. The film had mixed reviews from fans but will always be a guilty pleasure for me. With news of a Mortal Kombat reboot, we cannot wait to hear the cast announced. Here is the trailer for the original 1995 movie:
These actors and actresses need to embody the character and art of the source material. As a big fan of the franchise, I want to go through some of my picks for my favorite tournament fighters. This will be limited, as there are just too many characters in the Mortal Kombat universe and only so many can be featured in the film.
Shang Tsung / Robin Shou
Now 55 years old, Shou would be prime to play the evil sorcerer Shang Tsung. As you know, Shou played our hero Liu Kang in the 1995 film and would be a great homage to the original. Not only is his body still in fighting condition but he still performs most of his own stunts!
Liu Kang / Daniel Wu
The star of AMC's Into the Badlands would play great off of Shou's Shang Tsung. He has the martial arts ability, the right look and has more acting experience than most people would, think having been in movies since 1998. He has even been nicknamed the young Donnie Yen. With such big shoes to fill, you can only expect great things to come and Mortal Kombat could be his greatest opportunity.
Johnny Cage / Scott Adkins
This chameleon has been acting since 2001 but hasn't had the spotlight he deserves in a big budget film. He is an extremely well-trained martial artist who has the ability to turn on Cage's cocky side. Now rising to more prominence in Hollywood, we can only expect more roles to come his way. He's a new action hero in the making, so it would great to see him play a major role in Mortal Kombat.
Sub-Zero / Iko Uwais
Iko Uwais, star of The Raid, is a magnificent martial artist and I have a soft spot for him. He blew everyone's minds with his performances in The Raid: Redemption and The Raid: Berandal. I would cast him as Sub-Zero, because I think his fighting technique would be very cool to see behind the mask. His flips and kicks, mixed with some fluid arm movement to freeze people, would just look natural and beautiful.
Jackson "Jax" Briggs / Michael Jai White
Why fix what's not broken. Michael Jai White is a complete badass and his role as Jax in the Rebirth short and the Legacy clips are great. Rebirth was a short film from Kevin Tancharoen, who demonstrated what he would bring to the universe if he had the reigns to a feature film. He went on to direct Legacy web series. With White's numerous roles as a strength fighter and bruiser, he would easily bring the metallic arms to life. He has the look, the attitude, and is simply perfect. Don't change anything and keep White in the feature film!
Sonya Blade / Ronda Rousey
Rousey has already found herself a couple acting roles in films such as Furious 7 and Expendables 3 but Sonya Blade could be the perfect role for her. Beautiful and dangerous, she is a real life bad ass MMA fighter who has gone 13 and 1. With more acting experience under her belt, she would be perfect for the role. She would bring some of those fighting skills with her to the big screen - this time in a tournament for Earth realm!
Kano / Manu Bennett
Bennett was born in New Zealand but moved to Australia at a young age. He could easily give Kano the strong, tough accent inspired by Trevor Goddard's portrayal in the 1995 film. This wouldn't be Bennett's first time portraying a villain either, as he has previously played the legendary DC mercenary Deathstroke on CW's Arrow, and Azog in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. Attach metal plate and laser eye to him, and you have Kano in the flesh.
Scorpion / Tony Jaa
Ong Bak himself, Jaa would be a great offset to Iko's Sub-Zero. His phenomenal martial arts abilities pitted against Uwais's would be amazing and beautiful to watch. This could be a match similar to Jackie Chan and Jet Li's famous meeting in Forbidden Kingdom. Two titans finally one-on-one, and fans would love to see Ong Bak against Rama, so this would be a great way to do it. I did like Ian Anthony Dale's Scorpion in Rebirth and Legacy, but feel Jaa has the potential to bring more to the role.
Lord Rayden (Raiden) / Liam Neeson
I was hesitant at first when I thought about Neeson as Rayden, but the more pictures I looked at and the more I thought about it, he would be almost perfect. He has numerous roles in which he successfully plays an older mentor; Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars, Ra's al Ghul in Batman Begins, and Aslan in The Chronicles of Narnia. He has even played a God before! His presence would be demanding and he has phenomenal acting chops. Only a great actor can play the great Rayden, and Liam Neeson is the perfect choice.
Nightwolf / Jason Momoa
It has been a few years since Momoa's turn in 2011's Conan the Barbarian but with the hair, a little face paint and a vest he could bring Nightwolf to the big screen. I know the hell the studio would get for casting a Hawaiian actor instead of a Native American, but if the man can do the job then I think they should let him - and Momoa would be a great Nightwolf. There have been numerous race switches in film, casting actors who have the acting ability to fit the role. I think after people saw Momoa as the character, this small detail wouldn't bother them.
Kitana / Gal Gadot
The new Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot would be great as Kitana - a young, beautiful woman whose been trained since a young child to be an assassin for her step-father Shao Khan. She is going to be great as Wonder Woman an she was also great in the Fast and Furious films. Gadot shows you can be beautiful and kick-ass at the same time.
Shao Khan / Vin Diesel
Diesel would be a great Khan. He's already got the look nailed and just needs a good chuckle to play the laughing emperor - considering his vocal talents as Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy and as the title character in The Iron Giant, this shouldn't be a problem. Diesel has the deep, gravely voice and has proven he can kick ass in the Fast franchise and Riddick franchise and whether people like to admit or not, he can act, which he demonstrated in a forgotten film called Find Me Guilty.
Goro / The Great Khali
All you need to do is slap two more arms on this behemoth of a man and you have Goro in the flesh. The Great Khali weighs in at 347 pounds and stands a staggering 7 feet 1 inches high. He has had minor acting roles, including The Longest Yard reboot starring Adam Sandler. To play Goro, all he would need is his intimidating presence and the ability to throw grown men around, like he has done for years in professional wrestling.
That does it for my fan cast, and I really hope you agree. However, if you don't, I'd love to hear who you'd love to see playing your favorite Mortal Kombat characters! Let us know in the comments below.