The James Wan produced and Simon McQuoid directed Mortal Kombat movie has found its actor to fill the role of Sub-Zero, Joe Taslim. Mortal Kombat will be the first feature film for McQuoid, who's thus far directed commercials, including ones for the Sony Playstation.
The film's script is from newcomer Greg Russo, and it's executive produced by Lawrence Kasanoff, who's produced on a number of prior Mortal Kombat franchise entries, including the original 1995 film and the short-lived Mortal Kombat: Conquest television series. With the Mortal Kombat movie set to release in 2021, the film's cast is now coming together ahead of production eventually beginning.
THR reports that Mortal Kombat has found its Sub-Zero in Joe Taslim. Taslim is the first actor confirmed to have been cast in the production. Known previously from his work in Star Trek Beyond and Cinemax's series Warrior, Taslim is also an experienced martial artist and spent 12 years on Indonesia's national judo team. Over the course of his judo career, he won several gold medals at the national level as well as at the 1999 South East Asia Judo Championships. After retiring from judo in 2009 after an injury, he turned to focus on his acting.
The plot particulars for Mortal Kombat remain unannounced, and until additional casting is announced or news surfaces it'll remain difficult to draw any inferences. 2021's Mortal Kombat will mark the third time that New Line Cinema has adapted the classic arcade fighting game for the big screen. 1995's first installment was a box office hit with returns of $122 million on a budget of $18 million. The follow-up, 1997's Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, while not a financial loss, was a failure with critics and fans alike. The reaction to Annihilation caused a planned sequel to be abandoned during pre-production.
In addition to Star Trek Beyond, Taslim has also appeared in Fast & Furious 6, and as the lead in Netflix's graphic novel turned action thriller The Night Comes for Us. He landed the role that would put him on the international radar in The Raid by reaching out to director Gareth Evans via Facebook, and sending him a homemade compilation of himself from previous work. The original game franchise, developed by Midway Games, has sold more than 49 million copies, and its latest release, Mortal Kombat 11, has been in stores since April, and continues to set series records. Pre-production on this latest Mortal Kombat movie is still underway, with filming planned to take place in Adelaide, South Australia. Here's hoping Wan and company can avoid remaking past mistakes.