Even though it gave us arguably one of the greatest dance tracks ever to bless a videogame adaptation, there’s really not much going for the original Mortal Kombat, besides Christopher Lambert in a questionable wig. Hopefully, the directorial debut effort from Simon McQuoid and producer James Wan will be able to deliver more than that, especially as they’ve just signed on The Raid‘s Joe Taslim as our boy in ice-cold blue, Sub-Zero.
THR have confirmed that Taslim is the first one to fill the player select screen of the upcoming adaptation of one of the most beloved fighting game franchises of all time. Already familiar with snapping fools limbs should the need arise, Taslim will be putting the skills he’s shown us in The Raid, Fast & Furious 6 and high-kicking TV show, Warrior to Australia where shooting is set to begin next year.
Determined not to ‘pump up something that no one likes’, Wan previously expressed his enthusiasm for the franchise that hopefully is shared by McQuoid. “I love the characters. I think they’re such colorful characters. It’s such an amazing take on, basically, Enter the Dragon. It’s that fantasy version, the video game version, of Enter the Dragon.”
Details on the story are pretty slim, but what’s been confirmed is that the film will follow a male protagonist who gets roped into the professional punch-up tournament that has entrants from numerous dimensions. While that’s fairly basic, given that the recent iterations of the Mortal Kombat games have been praised for blending their storylines in between ripping people’s spleens out in a violent but overly entertaining fashion, hopes are this could follow suit.
Expect more challengers to appear before Mortal Kombat arrives in cinemas in March 5, 2021.