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The 2021 Mortal Kombat film (which was a lot better than it had any proper to be) ended with a tease and a promise: the movie’s most important character Cole (Lewis Tan) says he’s going off to Hollywood. “What’s in Hollywood?” he’s requested. “Not what… who,” he says, earlier than the digicam pans to a poster for a film starring Johnny Cage.

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The implication, after all, is that Cole is heading to Hollywood to search out the brash actor turned Mortal Kombat combatant who has been within the franchise from the very starting. And now, with the movie’s sequel slowly ramping as much as manufacturing, that promise of the traditional character getting into the franchise is being fulfilled.

And he’s more likely to be performed by Karl City. The star of Lord of the Rings, Star Trek, and The Boys is reportedly in remaining talks to play Cage, based on the Wrap. Director Simon McQuoid will as soon as once more helm the sequel, which can be anticipated to carry again most, if not all, of the surviving solid members. Which admittedly wasn’t as many as you anticipate. That first film was brutal!

The Johnny Cage tease in Mortal Kombat.Screenshot: HBO Max

City isn’t solely a fantastic match for this franchise (or any franchise, actually), but additionally the position of Cage particularly. Just like the character, he’s a well-known film star who seems in a few billion franchises, and has the flexibility to be as suave and assured as anybody might be. Dial all that as much as 11, throw in a number of months of struggle coaching, an enormous pair of sun shades, and growth, Johnny Cage.

No phrase on when Mortal Kombat II will get in entrance of cameras or, extra importantly, in theaters, particularly with the author’s strike. However every time it does, not less than it looks like one of many greatest roles is already locked and loaded.

The 2021 Mortal Kombat is now on HBO Max—and in the event you haven’t seen it but, give it a shot. It’s extremely enjoyable and gory, and is a worthy successor to the sport and movie collection you bear in mind rising up.


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