It's no secret that the upcoming film adaptation of the Mortal Kombat games is going to be a big one considering that it boasts of an impressive cast. However, the lead character, who will be played by Wu Assassins star Lewis Tan, has been a huge mystery until now. Luckily, a new report confirms the identity of Tan's mysterious character, and it isn't someone who has previously appeared in the games.
Gamers were understandably excited when it was first reported that a new Mortal Kombat movie is being developed. After all, the reboot of the original film franchise will be produced by horror legend James Wan, who doesn't back away from violence and some carnage. With that in mind, fans believe that the new movie will feature some realistic depictions of the fatalities that the games are known for.
But who will star in the Mortal Kombat movie? Most of the cast has already been revealed, but the lead star's role was kept under wraps. Although it was confirmed that Iron Fist actor Lewis Tan had been cast as the main protagonist, the identity of his character was not immediately revealed.
Luckily, Entertainment Weekly has shared some cool details about the Mortal Kombat film. In the report, the first images from the movie have been revealed. This includes an awesome look at Lewis Tan's character, who has been confirmed to be Cole Young.
If that name doesn't sound familiar, that's because Cole Young is "a wholly new character to the Mortal Kombat world." Lewis Tan shared some information about his protagonist, confirming that Cole has a painful past.
"When we first meet Cole, he's in a really bad spot," Tan said. "He's down on his luck. He's kind of a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion, who used to believe in himself, who used to have a lot of hope in his career. And it's all gone down the drain."
Lewis Tan continued by stating that it doesn't sound very promising but assures that Cole's story gets better from there. "It's a very interesting place for a hero to start, and I think that, along the journey of Mortal Kombat and Cole discovering where he comes from, you're introduced to all these other iconic characters and elements that everybody loves so dearly," he said.
Mortal Kombat is directed by Simon McQuoid and also stars Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Joe Taslim as Bi-Han / Sub-Zero, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Mehcad Brooks as Jackson "Jax" Briggs, Josh Lawson as Kano, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi / Scorpion, Max Huang as Kung Lao, and Sisi Stringer as Mileena. The film will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on April 16.