'Mortal Kombat' Finds Its Sub-Zero in 'The Raid' Actor

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Saw and Aquaman director James Wan is set to produce, with Simon McQuoid (known for commercial work with PlayStation, Halo, and Range Rover) set to direct, after years of the film being in development hell.

Actor and martial artist Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat movie reboot.

No other casting details are confirmed at this point, but presumably we can expect series staples such as Liu Kang, Raiden, Sonya, Johnny Cage, and more to feature in the movie. The 38-year-old actor and former member of the Indonesia Judo national team has his breakthrough with his role as Jaka in Gareth Evans' critically-acclaimed action film "The Raid" (2011).

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Joe Taslim has been tipped to take on the mantle of the iconic Sub-Zero in the Mortal Kombat movie. He's known for his attacks involving ice and has a long-running rivalry with similarly garbed fellow kombatant Scorpion. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script will be written by Greg Russo, but the plot is unknown so far. We'll be keeping tabs on Mortal Kombat throughout its production, and we'll bring you all the news that's fit to report. He appeared in "Fast and Furious 6" and "The Night Comes for Us", and now stars in the Cinemax series "Warrior". It was Paul WS Anderson who had famously adapted the game into a 1995 film, "Mortal Kombat".

The film is now set for release on March 5, 2021. The film follows this year's release of Mortal Kombat 11, the latest (and highly praised) fighting videogame, wherein Sub-Zero gets updated abilities, like his ice axe and ice slide moves. James Wan is producing under his Atomic Monster banner, with Todd Garner also producing, while Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins serve as executive producers.

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