The New Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Its Sub-Zero

The New Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Its Sub-Zero

Joe Taslim will be keeping it frosty.

The upcoming movie reboot of the Mortal Kombat franchise is coming, and now, it has its Sub-Zero. Joe Taslim (The Raid, Fast & Furious 6) will play the Lin-Kuei master, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Pre-production was set to start in May in South Australia, with director Simon McQuoid's first feature film outing. Currently set for March 5, 2021, the Mortal Kombat reboot will be set up against fellow film adaptation and throwback revival Masters of the Universe from Sony Pictures and Mattel Films.

Taslim played Jaka in 2011's excellent martial arts movie The Raid: Redemption, locking fists with the likes of other martial artists like Yayan Ruhian. He's a former member of the Indonesian national Judo team and won several gold medals in national championships before his film career. He's also since appeared in Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond, and Netflix's The Night Comes For Us.

Few story details have emerged about the reboot and how much it might adhere to the 1995 Paul W.S. Anderson movie, which grossed $122 million at the worldwide box office. The current screenplay is penned by Greg Russo, with James Wan and Atomic Monster producing.

Taslim seems a solid fit for the icy ninja, but I'm really eager to see how far CGI ice tech has come in the two decades since the original Mortal Kombat. Considering how brutal Sub-Zero is in Mortal Kombat 11, a movie version of all those icy slams, axes, and fatal blows could be brutal to see. In a good way, I mean.

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Eric Van Allen

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Eric is a writer and Texan. He's a former contributor to sites including Compete, Polygon, Waypoint, and the Washington Post. He loves competitive games, live music, and travel.

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