Warner Bros. Pictures’ New Line Cinema has revealed the first Mortal Kombat movie photos, which you can view by scrolling down. In addition to the photos, we’ve also included the recently-released poster.
Coming to both theaters and HBO Max on April 16, the Mortal Kombat movie is directed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid. The explosive action adventure is based on the blockbuster video game franchise.
The cast 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 new character Cole Young.
Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein are serving as executive producers.
McQuoid’s crew includes 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).
The Mortal Kombat movie was filmed throughout South Australia, showcasing its locations, facilities and talent in the biggest production in the state’s history.
Speaking to EW, McQuoid said that “blood represents family” in the movie. “Blood represents a connection. Blood represents who we are. Without getting too overcomplicated, what we did is use blood executionally.”
He added that Scorpion’s kunai blade lies at the center of the film’s “blood universe.” “We did a bit of research and the kunai is actually an ancient Japanese gardening tool,” he said. “So, one of the earliest shots in the movie is the kunai blade being used as a gardening tool by Hanzo’s wife.”
The magazine also revealed what you’ll see in the movie’s opening 10 minutes. The Mortal Kombat movie “begins with a crucial piece of lore from the original games: the blood feud between the clans of Hanzo and Bi-Han (Warrior’s Joe Taslim).
“The 10-minute opening sequence kicks off in feudal Japan, long before these fighters wielded supernatural abilities as Scorpion and Sub-Zero, and it ends in ‘a pretty nasty hand-to-hand combat’ between the two, McQuoid says.”
McQuoid also talked more about the fatalities you can expect and that the film will definitely not be rated PG-13. “It’s amount of blood, it’s amount of red, it’s interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities. And there is gore, blood, and fatalities.”
Tan added that “There are some crazy fatalities. We’ve picked a couple of iconic ones. There’s a lot of really cool signature moves that you’ll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can’t wait to see on the big screen.”
He continued: “They’re brutal, man. They, they don’t hold back.” But McQuoid notes that they didn’t get into NC-17 territory. “It’s amazing how quickly you can get there. It doesn’t take much.”
What do you think about the photos? Are you looking forward to the Mortal Kombat movie? Post your thoughts in the comments below.