The explosive new cinematic adventure Mortal Kombat is inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise. This most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11.

The film, from New Line Cinema, is set for theatrical release nationwide and worldwide on April 16th, 2021. It’s also one of those that will be available in the USA on HBO Max for 31 days from theatrical release.

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Mortal Kombat Lowdown


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Mortal Kombat – Cole (Lewis Tan) © 2021 Warner Bros, photo by Mark Rogers

In Mortal Kombat we have MMA fighter Cole Young who is accustomed to taking a beating for money. He is unaware of his heritage, or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior to hunt Cole down. This warrior is a Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer!

Mortal Kombat - Joe Taslim and Hiroyuki Sanada
Mortal Kombat – Sub-Zero/Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) and Scorpion/Hanzo Hasashi (Hiroyuki Sanada) © 2021 Warner Bros, photo by Mark Rogers

Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade. This is 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. He grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark.

Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano. He is preparing to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld. This will be a high stakes battle for the universe!

However, will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana. This is an immense power from within his soul! He needs to dunlock it in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all!


The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts.

The ensemble includes:-

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Mortal Kombat – Cole (Lewis Tan) © 2021 Warner Bros, photo by Mark Rogers
  • Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2, Netflix’s Wu Assassins) as Cole Young
  • Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade
  • Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano
  • Tadanobu Asano (Midway) as Lord Raiden
  • Mehcad Brooks (TV’s Supergirl) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges
  • Ludi Lin (Aquaman) as Liu Kang
  • with Chin Han (Skyscraper) as Shang Tsung
  • Joe Taslim (Star Trek Beyond) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero
  • and Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscraper) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion
  • Also featured are:-
  • Max Huang as Kung Lao
  • Sisi Stringer as Mileena
  • Matilda Kimber as Emily Young
  • and Laura Brent as Allison Young
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Mortal Kombat – Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) and Kung Lao (Max Huang) © 2021 Warner Bros, photo by Mark Rogers

Production Crew

The film is helmed by award- winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut.

As well as Simon the film is produced by:-

  • James Wan (The Conjuring universe films, Aquaman)
  • Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag)
  • E Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2)

The screenplay is by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984), from a story by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) and Greg. It is, of course, based on the videogame created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.


Colin Davies

The editor of Film Review Online