The trailer for the highly anticipated action flick Mortal Kombat has been released and for fans of the popular video games, it’s been worth the wait.
The film, which was shot in and around Port Adelaide, Coober Pedy, Leigh Creek and Mount Crawford in Australia, is due for release on April 16 on HBO Max and in cinemas simultaneously.
After more than two decades in development, Mortal Kombat is expected to be a smash hit, bringing to life fan favourites including Sub-Zero, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Kano, and Raiden.
The story centres around Cole Young (Lewis Tan), a mixed martial arts fighter with a mysterious birthmark who suddenly finds himself the target of Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim). To protect himself and his family, Cole joins a collection of warriors who have been selected to keep Earthrealm safe from the forces of Outworld.
With the help of Lord Raiden (Tadanobu Asano), Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) and others, Cole embraces his destiny as a fighter and prepares to face off against the Outworld enemies in a battle for the future of the universe.
The core cast features Lewis Tan as Cole, Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero, Australian actors Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade and Josh Lawson as Kano plus Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Briggs, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Chin Han as Shang Tsung.
The Australian production showcased South Australia’s locations, facilities and talent and speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Adelaide, director Simon McQuiod said the film would be “epic”.
“There’s this incredible grit and realism about a lot of the locations we’re shooting in and I’m really excited about that, because the film I want to make, I want to shoot it as much in-camera as possible – so it’s not people in superhero costumes running around in a parking lot in Atlanta with a giant green screen behind them.
“Everyone in LA when I’m sending all the location photos back, their minds are being blown with what we’re finding out here. It is going to be epic, because of what’s here.”
This is the third movie in the Mortal Kombat franchise, with the first released in 1995.