Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Scorpion and Shang Tsung (VIDEO)
It’s been a long road for the upcoming movie adaptation of Mortal Kombat, the project having spent numerous years in development before finally gaining headway with producer James Wan, screenwriter Greg Russo, and director Simon McQuoid at the helm. Pre-production on the Mortal Kombat movie has shifted into full swing as of late, having filled several prominent roles over the last few weeks. Following yesterday’s big casting news, it appears two more of the series’ most prominent characters have now also been cast.
As revealed by Variety, New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat film has cast actor Chin Han (The Dark Knight) as the tricky shape-shifting soul-hoarder Shang Tsung, taking over the beloved movie role (and subsequent MK11 return) from Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. Additionally, it was revealed that prolific martial arts actor Hiroyuki Sanada (Avengers: Endgame) has been chosen to play the series’ fire-spewing demonic ninja, Scorpion.
— Variety (@Variety) August 27, 2019
These newly-added actors aren’t likely to disappoint, especially both have played similar roles to warrant their place in the Mortal Kombat reboot. Han’s eloquent and calculated performance in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight would make him an ideal choice for the scheming sorcerer Shang Tsung. As for Sanada, the actor’s immense portfolio of action and martial arts cinema pretty much speaks for itself, with recent sword-slashing performances in Avengers: Endgame, The Wolverine, and Westworld providing a spectacular template for Scorpion in the MK movie.
The Mortal Kombat movie is set to release in theaters on March 5th, 2021.
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