An upcoming video game adaptation is inching closer to securing its cast. Variety is reporting that Power Rangers star Ludi Lin is negotiations to play Liu Kang in WB’s Mortal Kombat.
The actor, fresh off of starring in Black Mirror‘s “Striking Vipers”, would join Joe Taslim’s Sub-Zero as a legendary fighter in the Mortal Kombat tournament. Lin’s film credits include the Power Rangers reboot, Chinese sensation Monster Hunt, and most recently, Aquaman. Although there is no deal in place yet, it’s highly likely the two parties will move forward with the casting.
Liu Kang is one of the video game’s main protagonists ever since the very first installment in 1992. He is one of the few original characters still present in recent sequels, including this year’s Mortal Kombat 11. He is normally portrayed as the main hero of the long-running franchise after becoming champion of the tournament various times. Known as Earthrealm’s greatest hero, Kang has been a fan-favorite fighter for decades.
The Warner Bros/New Line Cinema project isn’t the only time the classic video game has received the live-action film treatment. In 1995, just three years after the game’s debut, Mortal Kombat was put on the big screen and grossed $122 million worldwide. The film is widely regarded as a cult classic and one of the best video game movies of all time.
James Wan is producing while Simon McQuoid directs from a script by Greg Russo. They are currently in pre-production, with principal photography set to begin later this year in Australia.
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Mortal Kombat is currently set to hit theaters on March 5, 2021.