New Line Cinema has found its Johnny Cage for the highly-anticipated sequel to the Mortal Kombat movie. Karl Urban, known for his roles in The Boys and the Star Trek franchise, is in final negotiations to play the popular video game character, as reported by TheWrap.
Karl Urban, who has a history of playing tough, no-nonsense characters, will bring his signature intensity and charisma to the role of Johnny Cage. The Mortal Kombat character is a skilled martial artist and action movie star who becomes involved in the battle between Earthrealm and Outworld.
The upcoming Mortal Kombat sequel is expected to pick up where the first movie left off, with the heroes of Earthrealm continuing their fight against the forces of Outworld. The film is set to introduce a number of new characters from the video game franchise while also bringing back some of the fan-favorites from the first movie.
The history of the Mortal Kombat series
The original Mortal Kombat movie, released in 1995, was a surprise hit and went on to become a cult classic. The 2021 reboot was similarly successful, grossing over $83 million worldwide despite being released during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mortal Kombat franchise has been a mainstay of the video game industry since the release of the first game in 1992. The series has spawned multiple sequels, spin-offs and adaptations over the years, with each new entry introducing new characters, gameplay mechanics and storylines.
Fans of the Mortal Kombat series can look forward to the return of director Simon McQuoid for the upcoming sequel. Jeremy Slater, who wrote the 2019 Netflix series The Umbrella Academy and is also working on the new DC Universe with James Gunn, has been tapped to write the screenplay.
The Mortal Kombat sequel is currently in pre-production and is expected to begin filming later this year. A release date has not yet been announced.
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