Jeri Ryan Confirmed as Sonya Blade in ‘Mortal Kombat’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 9:50 am,

Actress Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) has confirmed that she will be reprising her role as Sonya Blade in the new Mortal Kombat web series that was announced a few weeks back, based on the web short “Mortal Kombat Rebirth” by director Kevin Tancharoen, whose passion for the franchise has led to this Mortal Kombat revival on both the Web and the big-screen.

There was a lot of speculation early on that Ryan would be back to expand her role as Sonya in the “Rebirth” web short into a full-fledged leading role in (presumably) both the upcoming Mortal Kombat web episodes and the movie they are building up to. Better than any report from a website, confirmation of the actress’ involvement in the resurrected MK franchise came straight from the starlet’s…Twitter account.

Here’ the first post from Ryan:

Heading to the farmer’s market with the hubs & my girl. Then this evening I head to Vancouver to shoot Mortal Kombat! (NOW it’s official)

That update was soon followed by a second tweet:

BTW, just finished reading the whole script for Mortal Kombat. Holy crap… I think u might just love it. Get ready…

Finally, when congratulated on landing the role of fan-favorite Sonya Blade, Ryan also let it be known that she won’t be just the pretty face of the franchise:

…I get to channel my inner action hero. 😉

Now, some people are upset over this new take on the Mortal Kombat mythos; the biggest complaint I keep hearing is that Tancharoen’s more “gritty and realistic” take on the material is somehow inferior to the video game’s (and original movie adaptation’s) martial-arts-meets-magic format. Some people think that if you don’t have the mystical aspect of the games, or the fantastical characters like four-armed monster Goro and shape-shifting sorcerer villain Sheng Tsung, then Mortal Kombat is simply another generic martial arts crime thriller (I guess those are enough of a “thing” to be generic…).

'Mortal Kombat Rebirth' director Kevin Tancharoen

However, overzealous fans really need to slow down and pay close attention. Just check out a quote from an interview with Kevin Tancharoen back when “Mortal Kombat Rebirth” was making waves around The Web:

Now like I said, because I am such a fan of the Mortal Kombat series, I know there’s a lot of concern about the mysticism and the special powers and all that kind of stuff.  Well, like I said, this is really designed — the short so far is really designed like a prologue to the movie. Now, in a movie version, I am going to have that mysticism there, but it has to be done in a very tasteful way.  I wouldn’t like it too campy or too cheesy.  I know this is a weird analogy, but it’s the best one I can think of right now.  It’s kind of like when in Harry Potter, there’s two universes that coexist with each other.  There’s the real world, and then you get on the train and then you go to Hogwart’s, and that’s where all the magic is.”

Basically, what the man is saying is that while part of his Mortal Kombat universe will have a real-world feel to it, there’s more in store that we haven’t seen yet – so the best bet, if you’re a die-hard MK fan, is to just wait and see at this point.

For now, I think we (read: fellas) can agree that having Jeri Ryan onboard kicking ass as Sonya Blade is a step in the right direction.

We’ll keep you updated on more Mortal Kombat news as it comes to light.

If you want more on how the newest incarnation of the Mortal Kombat video games are being developed, be sure to head over to Game Rant’s Mortal Kombat page.

Source: Jeri Ryan’s Twitter Feed

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  1. Can’t wait for this 😛

  2. I love Tancharoen’s analogy with Harry Potter: there’s a real world and a mythical world. Can’t wait!

    *Mortal Kombat Theme Song*!!!

    • I hope they keep the original MK Theme Song. Love it!

  3. Cautiously pessimistic about this one. Making something “dark/gritty/realistic” doesn’t make it good or original. I’ll for sure be watching and hope it’s different than Rebirth.

    I just hope he doesn’t screw up and send the franchise into another dark age like MK:A did.

    • have you watched his web short, that pretty much tells you where he is going with the feel.

      • I watched it but he also said he will address the mysticism and other issues if he gets a bigger budget. He just got it so let’s see what he does.

        • na this is going to be garbage

  4. i think Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade is the wrong choice. im guess Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade wont be fighting or a stunt double is going to do all the work. i say actress Katheryn Winnick is a better choice to be Sonya Blade cause shes a actress and Martial Artist.

    • Lol, god forbid they hire an actress with martial arts background for a martial arts movie…Hollywood loves pulling this crap. I foresee a lot of fighting scenes with fast cuts from Jeri Ryan’s face to a wide shot of her stunt double fighting, then back to close up, then wide shot, etc etc etc.

      Having said that, Jeri Ryan is fine (as in hot). She can’t possibly be worse than Bridgette Wilson (that girl could not fight her way out of a paperback) or the soccer mom from MK:A.

        • Oh, I completely agree. There are numerous stunt women who can act and fight. That’s what’s so weird to me about this casting choice. This is a low budget project and Ryan has a bit of buzz around her still so they’ll be dishing out extra $$$ to pay her. They couldn’t spent that extra $$$ on special effects, or set pieces, etc. Most likely a waste.

          But then again, this version of MK is so far off the source material (which bugs me to no end) that maybe Sonya doesn’t even fight? Or she’s just a regular cop/detective with basic combat training and not an actual participant in the tournament. Who knows? Either way , not holding my breath.

        • Lol well you didnt do that well at making your point, she is a horrible actress, and her martial arts where good, but her fight choreography was suspect at best. I agree that i wish they had someone who was equally a good actress and martial artist but there are only few Michelle Yoeh’s out there and even less are white with Blonde hair, prefect example Cynthia Rothrock great martial artist horrible actress, sort of where your girl fits

          • Her martial arts skills were good? Are you kidding me? She was blatantly inexperienced. That spinning back kick she did on Kano was horrendous. She was very awkward in her movements. No way did she have any martial arts background before making this film.

            As an actress I thought she was fine. And she did look like Sonya (blonde, busty, hot) so that kind of sold it for me. That and the fact that she had only one short fight scene.

            The poster above me brought a MUCH better casting choice (blonde, easy on the eyes, can do stunts/fight).

            Lol I love me some old school Cynthia Rothrock, even though she was doubled by Asian stuntmen in most of her fight scenes. China O’Brien was the ish back in the day and it had Keith Cooke (Dakota) who played reptile in MK and Sub Zero in MK:A

  5. Jeri Ryan as Sonya Blade = win in my book.

    I’m just not very pleased Tancharoen turned Reptile into a cannibal with a skin condition and Baraka into a Wolverine wannabe. Not even going to comment on Scorpion because I can’t bear to think he is a blind guy with martial art skills. Plus he killed off Johnny Cage! :(

    Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie short for what it was. The down to earth gritty realism ala Batman Begins worked but I don’t know how he is going to introduce the more fantastical elements “tastefully” when he has already established such a mundane backdrop.

    I would prefer it if the other, non-human characters, were not brought down to the level of being merely human with some medical condition and sociopathic tendencies.

    • I’m torn on Barakka. The casting was perfect, Lateef Crowder is an amazing athlete/stuntman/martial artist and his Capoeira fits the Barakka character really well. But then yeah, the make up looks horrid and the realistic blades just don’t look as intimidating as the original.

      • I think he will be fine, you have what happens on the mainland and then the mystism once they get to the Island. By the way OGB i think he did a pretty good job for the limited funds he had. I mean this is a fan based project in which he was able to get some talented people to act in, sort of like Grayson

        • I hope so. MK is near and dear to me. I just wrote an essay on it for my film school apps (which is probably why they’ll reject me haha).

          I just don’t see how he’ll introduce the mysticism that is in the franchise. Even if they get to the island, he’s already introduced the characters as realistic “monsters”/mutated people/serial killers.

          What about the ninja costumes? The ninja masks? The special moves?

    • what u mean Baraka into a Wolverine wannabe. u know Baraka always had them claws coming out his hands in the game lol. the only worst thing about Baraka in the MK: Rebirth is that his a dreadlocks surgeon whos actually human lol.

      Scorpion is not a blind guy in the trailer. the reason why his eyes is white cause his soulless just like the game. the dumbess thing with that scene is why the hell Jax and Sonya Blade talking to him. he has no connecting to them at all. it makes sense that Jax and Sonya Blade talking to Kano.

      Reptile is basically an cannibal he does eat people head in the game. but they made him too realistic in MK: Rebirth with the skin condition

  6. All in all, I liked it…but some of the criticism I do not understand.

    This guy could have made a short with all the magic from the first 2 films and some of you would say its been done before. Others would complain that it wasnt real enough. Well, here ya go. Here is a well thought out movie short BASED on a video game. I beleive if Mortal Kombat WERE real then it would be something similar to what this short shows. I, for one, hope to see the final film in the near future.

    • You’re speaking in hypothetical situations. Who knows how it would’ve turned out?

      His short is definitely well thought out and well made, but some, myself included, feel that his philosophy on the MK universe is flawed and is missing most of the things that make it great. I want freaking ninjas, flying spears, freeze-winds, etc. I don’t want a crime thriller that looks like Saw when it comes to Mortal Kombat.

      That’s just my opinion though. Best of luck to him.

      • If you had continued reading the article , it does say that there will be “freeze winds” and “Flying Spears”, lol do spears really fly or are they thrown, hmmm, lol. He is a big fan of the franchise and im pretty sure his first short will be reworked and something will change, lol I mean that was his fan short , and not his studio backed and finaced film.

        • You misunderstood me. I said I WANT Scorpion’s flying spear and Sub Zero’s freezing wind (not sure how to describe his move)…those things made the franchise great.

    • Sure if it were real but what made MK special in the first place WAS all the fantastical elements mixed with the ultra gore (I can tell you from personal experience that hitting F D F HP and watch Sub Zero pluck off the head, with spine attached, of his opponent NEVER got old 😀 )

      The biggest problem with doing a ‘real’ version though is it starts to feel too gimmicky. We don’t want another Bloodsport, we want MORTAL KOMBAT!

      Playing the Devil’s advocate for a minute…….the main problem I had with the 1st movie though was they carried things just a bit TOO far. Having Scorpion’s chained kunai turn into this creature that emerged from his palm and Sub Zero’s freeze = death, while entertaining, didn’t follow the game very well either.

      As long as Tancharoen is willing to not cling to his movie short as law and keep the mystical elements simple then it might work.

  7. AHHHHH!!!

    Hell yes! :)

  8. Well good to see her back in the Mortal Kombat web series reprising her role as Sonya Blade but she will not play her in the MK movie well if depends if she decides too or other actress would play Sonya in the film which that will happen.
    Jeri Ryan will play Sonya in the web series thats all.
    Thank You.

  9. anyone know when these shorts will hit the net/tv ?

  10. I would be awesome if it played out to where, in the ‘real world,’ powers are nulled/dormant but in out world they manifest?! Sonya and shoot out the pink fireballs! lol

  11. Interesting.

  12. Jeri Ryan, the only 2 reasons to watch Voyager.

    • @DSB – Whats the other reason? Jeri Ryan was my only reason for watching Voyager :p

      • She is the other reason. Try looking just below her…neck. 😎

      • The angry Klingon is quite correct both of the reasons to watch Voyager are below her neck.

    • LoL!!

      Yeah, the show was floundering in the ratings department until she came on board. Also, I think she is a great choice for Sonya; in Voyager, she did use martial arts, at times, to fight (one episode had her fight The Rock). She was far and above the first actress they got to play Sonya.

      • Agreed, she is a good choice. If they keep it in tone with the preview/trailer/thing they did last year, then this could potentially be quite good fun.

        • @DSB ROFL. True True…

          @Kahless I agree the show got boring until her arrival… sigh…

  13. Ok some of you guys aren’t getting the picture, the web series will not be exactly like the Rebirth trailer. He used that to get studios interested in a dark rated R version of the MK franchise, and it worked just cause he made people a certain way in the Rebirth trailer doesn’t mean they are gonna be exactly the same in the web series or the new movie. Also him killing off certain people in that trailer may not be what really happens to them, give this a chance. I love Jeri Ryan But I have to agree with some people and say that she is not right for this, I’m tired of non-martial artists getting picked for martial arts roles, it’s why it’s so hard to be a martial arts stunt man nowadays cause every good martial arts action flick comes out of China now. So far out of the cast of people for this series/movie there are 2 actual martial artists, the guy playing Kano and Micheal Jai White the guy they got playing Sub-Zero has no martial arts experience and neither does Ian Anthony Dale(Scorpion) I hope they at least get good MA’s to play Liu Kang and Shang Tsung I also thought Samo Hung would be good for Liu Kangs Master Bo Rai Cho.