The Mortal Kombat movie is almost here, and we're ready to scream "MORTAL KOMBAT!" when it arrives later this week (though you can watch the first seven minutes now). The Mortal Kombat movie looks to offer every single thing you'd want from a big MK movie, well, save for big name actors. Instead, the Mortal Kombat movie (smartly) has invested in actors who are more than proficient in the fight choreography seen in the trailer.
The story also introduces a new kombatant: former MMA fighter Cole Young (Lewis Tan), who is being hunted down by Sub-Zero. And there's a reason that the icy masked man is hunting Young: he's got (to be revealed) connections to someone we probably know in the Mortal Kombat games.
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Of course, this is all just a setup for a ton of fights. The Mortal Kombat movie will take the Earthrealm's strongest fighters and bring them to take on the mightiest of Outworld. And expect a ton of your favorites, as well as one possible surprise (that's already been teased).
How to watch Mortal Kombat on HBO Max
The Mortal Kombat movie starts streaming on April 23 at 3 a.m. ET on HBO Max. Can't wait? The first seven minutes of the film can be streamed online right now.
It will be available on the streaming service for 31 days, leaving on Monday, May 24.
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Mortal Kombat movie release date
Originally scheduled to arrive on April 16, the Mortal Kombat movie release date was moved to April 23. No reason was given for the delay. Mortal Kombat will arrive in theaters and HBO Max on the same day.
This is the latest "big" movie to come to HBO Max the same day as theaters. Most recently, Godzilla vs Kong bowed on the same domestic day. Wonder Woman 1984 kicked off this practice. HBO Max will no longer have same-day premieres in 2022.
Mortal Kombat movie trailer
The trailer for the Mortal Kombat movie sets things off properly, as Liu Kang throws a bit of red meat to the fans, saying "Mortal Kombat has begun!" And before we know it, we see a series of familiar faces including Sonya Blade, Jax, Scorpion, Goro and more.
For wilder action, check out the Mortal Kombat movie's red-band trailer.
Mortal Kombat movie cast
The most noteworthy casting is Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs. Brooks is famous for his roles in Desperate Housewives, Supergirl and The Game. Cole Young, the character made for this movie, will be played by Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2).
Sub-Zero was the first character cast for Mortal Kombat, with Joe Taslim pulled in to fill the black and blue armor. Opposite him, Scorpion will be played by Hiroyuki Sanada (Avengers: Endgame).
- Joe Taslim as Bi-Han / Sub-Zero
- Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion
- Lewis Tan as Cole Young
- Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade
- Josh Lawson as Kano
- Tadanobu Asano as Raiden
- Mehcad Brooks as Jax
- Ludi Lin as Liu Kang
- Chin Han as Shang Tsung
- Max Huang as Kung Lao
- Sisi Stringer as Mileena
- Daniel Nelson as Kabal
- Elissa Cadwell as Nitara
- Matilda Kimber as Emily Young
- Laura Brent as Alison Young
Mortal Kombat movie: Noob Saibot teased!
Sub-Zero actor Joe Taslim (The Raid: Redemption) is playing the Bi-Han version of his character — aka the original version of Sub-Zero. This is a huge deal for fans of the game, as it opened the door to an appearance from cult classic character Noob Saibot (whose name is taken from spelling the last names of MK creators Ed Boon and John Tobias backwards). Saibot, you may know, was once Bi-Han. It's just that that Sub-Zero got so deranged that he became the ultra-dark Saibot.
And when Collider asked about the chances of Sub-Zero turning in the movie, the actor neither confirmed nor denied. Simply, he spelled out that it's very likely, saying "So Noob Saibot is Bi-Han after what happened to him, it's not a secret. Quan Chi took the humanity inside of Bi-Han and turned him into Noob Saibot, just totally dark, night. And we both know from that story [and] history of Bi-Han — you know, it's a basic Google search, not a secret — he has humanity inside of him, and when he's Noob Saibot, he's just totally dark, pitch black. And you can see that in his character as Bi-Han that I'm playing when the movie's out. So, that's it. [laughter]"