Mortal Kombat movie: First photos of Sub-Zero, Jax, Liu Kang, and more

The years-in-the-making Mortal Kombat motion picture reboot is nearly here. On Friday, Warner Bros. exposed the very first pictures of director Simon McQuoid’s upcoming movie, which is slated to strike theater and HBO Max in April. It’s our very first take a look at renowned Mortal Kombat characters Scorpion, Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Kung Lao, Jax, Sonya, and Kano, and the launching of beginner Cole Young. (No, not Kole Young.)

According to a main story run-through from Warner Bros., Cole is a blended martial arts fighter who bears a strange birthmark — one in the shape of the Mortal Kombat dragon logo design. Cole is likewise the target of Sub-Zero, the ninja cryomancer sent out from Outworld to Earthrealm by Shang Tsung to — one needs to presume — get rid of the Mixed Martial Arts fighter’s spine. Precisely why Shang Tsung desires Cole fatalitied is uncertain.

Here’s Cole, as represented by Lewis Tan (Wu Assassins), and Sub-Zero, played by Joe Taslim (The Raid):

Lewis Tan as Cole in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Lewis Tan as Cole
Image: Mark Rogers/Warner Bros. Photos

JOE TASLIM as Sub-Zero/Bi-Han in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero/Bi-Han
Image: Warner Bros. Photos

Fearing for his household’s security, Warner Bros. Pictures states, “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.” Here’s Jax and Sonya, played by Mehcad Brooks and Jessica McNamee, respectively, in the brand-new Mortal Kombat motion picture.

Mehcad Brooks as Jax in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Mehcad Brooks as Jax
Image: Warner Bros. Photos

JOSH LAWSON as Kano and JESSICA MCNAMEE as Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Josh Lawson as Kano and Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade
Image: Warner Bros. Photos

Cole will discover haven under Lord Raiden, the thunder god protector of Earthrealm. According to Warner Bros., Raiden grants sanctuary to warriors who bear the dragon mark seen on Cole, Jax, and others. That consists of Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kano, who are played by Ludi Lin, Max Huang, and Josh Lawson, respectively. They’ll train together as they “[prepare] to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.”

LUDI LIN as Liu Kang and MAX HUANG as Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Ludi Lin as Liu Kang and Max Huang as Kung Lao
Image: Mark Rogers/Warner Bros. Photos

Josh Lawson as Kano in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Josh Lawson as Kano
Image: Warner Bros. Photos

One needs to presume a Kano heel turn eventually, offered whatever we understand about Kano.

According to a sneak peek from Home entertainment Weekly, the Mortal Kombat motion picture will start in feudal Japan, with a fight in between Sub-Zero/Bi-Han and Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi, prior to they obtained their arcana-powered supernatural capabilities. Things will usually go terribly for the competing ninja warriors from there.

JOE TASLIM as Sub-Zero/Bi-Han and HIROYUKI SANADA as Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi in Mortal Kombat (2021)

Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero/Bi-Han and Hirouyuki Sanada as Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi
Image: Mark Rogers/Warner Bros. Photos

McQuoid and film writer Greg Russo have actually suggested that the brand-new Mortal Kombat will not be a PG-13 affair. Rather, anticipate violent R-rated action and deaths on movie when the motion picture strikes theaters and streams on HBO Max on April 16.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.