As the long-gestating Mortal Kombat movie reboot gets set for its 2021 release, the film has found its first cast member.
Courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Taslim has signed on to play Sub-Zero in the picture. After getting his start in The Raid, Taslim has gone on to have roles in Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6 and The Night Comes For Us. In addition to his acting career, Taslim is a real-life badass with a martial arts background and he has also represented the Indonesian Judo squad.
Sub-Zero, of course, is one of the poster boys of the Mortal Kombat franchise, with the Lin Kuei icon able to manipulate ice in all kinds of cool ways. There have, however, been two different versions of Sub-Zero. First, we had Bi-Han as the original Sub-Zero. That character would be killed by Scorpion, although death isn’t exactly a permanent move in the realm of Mortal Kombat. After that death, Bi-Han’s brother Kuai Liang has taken on the moniker of Sub-Zero.
Having been in serious development since 2015, Halo’s Simon McQuoid is on directing duties for Mortal Kombat. The movie has already begun pre-production ahead of shooting in Australia later this year.
The Mortal Kombat video game franchise sprung to bloody and brutal life back in 1992, forever changing the landscape of fighting games. With elements of sci-fi, fantasy and horror, gamers were given an experience that was full of the sort of bloodshed and brutality never before seen.
Of course, not just a hugely successful video game series, Mortal Kombat fans have since been, err, treated to two Mortal Kombat movies and the genuinely impressive Mortal Kombat: Legacy webseries.
At this stage, Mortal Kombat is set for a March 5th, 2021 release.