Everyone’s favorite ice ninja just got a little frostier in New Line’s Mortal Kombat reboot. Indeed, Warner Bros./New Line Cinema announced Tuesday that The Raid alum Joe Taslim has been cast as the blue-shaded ninja from the popular fighting game franchise in a new live-action reboot. The film, which is scheduled for a 2021 release date, is the latest Hollywood attempt at bringing the story of magical combat against inter-dimensional beings to the screen. It’s combat so extreme, it needs to be spelled with a “K.”
Taslim, who might be best known to Western audiences starring on Cinemax’s Warrior, also appeared in Fast & Furious 6 in 2013. However, action connoisseurs know him best for having appeared in one of the genre’s finest films from this decade, 2011’s The Raid, which was directed by Gareth Evans.
In the new film, Taslim plays Sub-Zero, an alien and ice-cold killer ninja who fights for an invading empire which wishes to take over Earth. And how does that invasion work? By way of a fighting tournament, of course! Sub-Zero appeared in the original 1992 arcade masher by Midway Games along with his yellow-colored doppelganger, Scorpion. The game also featured Johnny Cage, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Raiden, Kano, Goro, and Shang Tsung. Oh, there was also a hidden green-hued ninja named Reptile that only the most hardcore mallrats were able to unlock.
Funnily enough, in sequels, Sub-Zero would switch sides and fight for Earth, which was amusingly adapted in Hollywood’s previous Mortal Kombat attempts. Appearing as a mute villain in the 1995 movie of the same name, and directed by Paul W.S. Anderson, Sub-Zero died a chilling death in that film only to be resurrected, in a way, via Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was directed by John R. Leonetti. Except in that, the now good guy Sub-Zero was the original Sub-Zero’s brother. Must make for some frosty family reunions, no?
Simon McQuoid is directing this new adaptation from a script by Greg Russo. Be ready to test your might on March 5, 2021.