Mortal Kombat film shooting has begun, and here’s the character cast list

Mortal Kombat film cast character list shooting begins

No matter how many millions of times its characters are brutally slaughtered, Mortal Kombat keeps coming back, and not just in video game form. The R-rated Mortal Kombat reboot film began filming recently, as a tweet from screenwriter Greg Russo revealed. And we now know in greater detail which actors are playing which iconic characters.

The film from director Simon McQuoid will feature a lot of expected Mortal Kombat favorites, and here they are:

  • Jax: played by Mehcad Brooks, the improbably cool James Olsen on Supergirl
  • Kano: played by Josh Lawson of Superstore
  • Kung Lao: played by Max Huang, a German actor typically known for stunt work in films like Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • Liu Kang: played by Ludi Lin, who played Murk in Aquaman and (much more importantly) the Black Ranger in Power Rangers
  • Mileena: played by Sisi Stringer, who seems to be a relative newcomer (Mortal Kombat is surely an auspicious beginning for her.)
  • Raiden: played by Tadanobu Asano, a Japanese actor who plays Hogun in the Thor films
  • Scorpion: played by Hiroyuki Sanada, another Japanese actor who has featured in numerous films like The Wolverine and 47 Ronin
  • Shang Tsung: played by Chin Han, a Singaporean actor who has featured in various films like The Dark Knight and Ghost in the Shell
  • Sonya Blade: played by Jessica McNamee, who was in, uh, The Meg
  • Sub-Zero: played by Joe Taslim, known for the character Sergeant Jaka in Indonesian martial arts masterpiece The Raid: Redemption
  • Lewis Tan, a British actor with credits including Into the Badlands and Deadpool 2, has an undisclosed role.

The absence of Johnny Cage is curious. And it’s entirely possible this film will be a train wreck on the scale of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but I want to believe it will be great. I want to believe any film that has The Raid and Power Rangers alumni in it has to be good. Come on, Mortal Kombat film — you can do it!


John Friscia
Head Copy Editor for Enthusiast Gaming, Managing Editor at The Escapist. I'm a writer who loves Super Nintendo and Japanese role-playing games to an impractical degree. I really miss living in South Korea. And I'm developing the game Boss Saga!