The Mortal Kombat castings just keep rolling in! We’ve learned from Variety that Chin Han (Ghost in the Shell, Skyscraper) has been tapped to play Outworld sorcerer Shang Tsung, while Hiroyuki Sanada (Westworld, The Wolverine) will appear as the ninja specter, Scorpion; joining previously announced stars Joe Taslim (The Night Comes For Us, The Raid) as Sub-Zero, Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl) as Jax, Tadanobu Asano (Thor: Ragnarok) as Raiden, Ludi Lin (Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, newcomer Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Josh Lawson (Superstore, House of Lies) as Kano and Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade. Lewis Tan (Wu Assassins, Deadpool 2) is set to play an undisclosed lead character we previously bet was Scorpion, but with Sanada officially taking the role, that’s obviously no longer the case. The most likely candidates at this point are either Kung Lao or a race-swapped Johnny Cage. The former wasn’t introduced into the franchise until the second game (as was the character Jax) while Cage is the sole character from the first game’s original seven who has not been officially cast in this film yet. The only other characters from the first two games Tan could possibly be playing are Reptile, Baraka or Smoke; but with his Hollywood good looks and charisma, our money is on Johnny this time (fingers crossed).
Simon McQuoid is making his directorial debut from a script by Resident Evil reboot scribe, Greg Russo. There’s still no official word on the plot, but the film is reportedly going to be hard R-rated, and will include Fatalities.
Mortal Kombat is currently set to hit theaters on March 5, 2021.