18A Lot of Big Stars Were Approached and Even Cast in Mortal Kombat
The cast of the original Mortal Kombat movie may not have been household names, Christopher Lambert aside, but that wasn’t for a lack of trying. Van Damme was once again approached with an offer of a role in the Mortal Kombat franchise but said no, opting to take up the
part of Guile in the Street Fighter movie, despite the fact the character of Johnny Cage was based on the Belgian.
Tom Cruise and Johnny Depp were also considered for the role before Brandon Lee was cast as Cage. However, when Lee died during an accident on the set of The Crow, Linden Ashby was brought in. Elsewhere, Cameron Diaz was cast in the role of Sonya Blade after producers saw the dailies from her debut, The Mask.
However, when she broke her wrist in training, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was drafted in, having previously turned down the part to appear in Billy Madison. Sean Connery and Danny Glover were also offered the role of Raiden but turned it down, with Lambert coming in.