After a long wait, the official trailer for Simon McQuoid’s live-action Mortal Kombat reboot is finally coming tomorrow. Here’s everything we know.
The first Mortal Kombat trailer is officially confirmed to release on February 18. The new live-action reboot, directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by The Conjuring’s James Wan, will bring the popular video game franchise to the big screen for the first time since 1997. Mortal Kombat is set to premiere on April 16, both in theaters and for streaming on HBO Max.
After the critical disaster of 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, the franchise stepped away from the world of cinema. Now, it’s finally coming back. McQuoid’s film features an ensemble cast, led by Lewis Tan (Into the Badlands, Wu Assassins) and including Joe Taslim, Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Mehcad Brooks, Ludi Lin, and Josh Lawson. Many of the games signature fighters will appear, such as Sub-Zero, Scorpion, Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, Kano, Raiden, and Kung Lao. Tan’s character, Cole Young, will be a brand-new addition to the Mortal Kombat universe.
So far, fans have only caught glimpses at the new Mortal Kombat, but that’s about to change. The official Mortal Kombat Movie Twitter account has announced in a recent post that the long-awaited trailer is finally arriving tomorrow, February 18, at 9am PT. The post also featured a look at Josh Lawson’s Kano – one of several close-up character profiles posted to the account to build anticipation for the impending trailer. After months, Mortal Kombat fans will finally get to see the new movie in motion.
Whether or not McQuoid’s Mortal Kombat will be worth the wait, however, remains to be seen. The track record of video game movie adaptations is shaky to say the least, but that trend has begun to change in recent years with hits like Detective Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, and some successful TV series like Netflix’s Castlevania. The original 1995 Mortal Kombat film is still regarded as one of the better video game adaptations – fun, if a bit silly – and hopefully that legacy can carry into the reboot.
At the very least, Mortal Kombat should deliver on the games’ main attraction – the fights. McQuoid’s cast includes a number of prolific martial artists, who are sure to bring a level of intensity and authenticity to the titular tournament. The director himself has said that creating compelling fights was a huge focus, and with luck that extra attention will pay off. Mortal Kombat’s fatality finishing moves will also feature in the film. Fans will finally get a proper look at the fights, the fatalities, and more when the official trailer for Mortal Kombat releases tomorrow, February 18, at 9am PT.