Warner Bros. Pictures provided ComingSoon.net with the chance to chat with the cast of the highly-anticipated Mortal Kombat movie! We took the opportunity to ask them what martial arts movie they think would pair well in a double feature with Mortal Kombat. Check out their answers in the player below!
“I would watch The Raid,” explained director Simon McQuoid. “That’s actually spectacular. That is an amazing movie, and Joe’s in it! So maybe it’s a Joe Taslim double feature.”
“We resonated really well, me and Simon,” Taslim said of his director, who is clearly very fond of his performance in 2011’s The Raid. “Somehow in the process of shooting, we were on the same page about almost everything. I’d look at him, he’d look at me, and then he’d just nod and we knew that we got the shot.”
“It would be funny to see a Rush Hour combined with Mortal Kombat,” said Max Huang, who was a member of the Jackie Chan stunt team. “I wonder how that would go. Maybe Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee, because it’s also a tournament film, right. I think originally Mortal Kombat was inspired by Enter the Dragon, if I remember correctly.”
See the rest of the cast’s answers in the video above!
The diverse international cast of Mortal Kombat includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena and Lewis Tan as the leading character Cole Young.
Inspired by Midway Games’ best-selling video game that was based on the original idea by Ed Boon and John Tobias, the film centers around MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?
Directed by Simon McQuoid from a screenplay written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham, the film is produced by James Wan (The Conjuring universe) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein serving as executive producers. The creative team is also comprised of director of photography Germain McMicking (True Detective, Top of the Lake: China Girl), production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater, Servant), editor Scott Gray (Top of the Lake, Daffodils), and costume designer Cappi Ireland (Lion, The Rover).
Mortal Kombat opens in theaters and on HBO Max this Friday, April 23!