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.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Eric Van Allen

News Editor

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.

Read this next

Mortal Kombat 11 Beta Date and Time - Characters, Release Date, Switch - Everything we Know

Here's all the information we have so far on Mortal Kombat 11, including a release date, characters, platforms, and more.

Todd McFarlane Teases Spawn for Mortal Kombat 11

A pretty fitting guest character.

Mortal Kombat 11 Officially Announced for Next April, Will be on Switch

The latest in the venerable fighting game series will be out sooner than you think.

More News

Kairi Joins the Battle in Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC, Out Next Month

A leaked trailer shows off new playable characters, additional exploration of Scala ad Caelum, and more.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is "On Hold" at Bethesda

Bethesda's collectible card game is getting put in storage for the foreseeable future.

With Reconstruction Complete, Starbreeze is Pinning Its Future on Payday

After a tough year for the publisher, Payday seems like its best bet.

In Japan, a Dispute Filled With Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Bad Business Practices Boils Over

Allegations against Dangen Entertainment and its CEO are coming to light after a falling out between the company and some of its dev partners.

More on PlayStation 4

GTA 5 Cheats

Discover all the GTA 5 cheats with this handy GTA V cheats PS4, GTA 5 cheats Xbox One, and PC guide. Plus get all the GTA V cheats for Xbox 360 and PS3.

Kairi Joins the Battle in Kingdom Hearts 3's Re Mind DLC, Out Next Month

A leaked trailer shows off new playable characters, additional exploration of Scala ad Caelum, and more.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is "On Hold" at Bethesda

Bethesda's collectible card game is getting put in storage for the foreseeable future.

The Making of Shovel Knight: Specter of Torment, Part 5: Fin

Yacht Club Games concludes their deep dive into Specter of Torment's design!

Wargroove Developers Respond to Criticisms of Whitewashed Voice Cast

"We want to be honest about what happened."

More Fighting Games

The Guilty Gear Strive Interview: Why a Cult Favorite is Starting From Square One

The goal of Strive is to make everyone feel like a "newcomer."

No, Stadia Users Won't Lose Access to Games Purchased With a Stadia Pro Discount

Destiny 2 and other free Pro games are tied to your subscription—purchases are not.

The Game Awards 2019 Nominations: Control and Death Stranding Among Top Nominees

And Smash Bros. gets some belated acknowledgement.