The Hollywood Reporter is exclusively reporting that Josh Lawson is the latest name to join the cast New Line’s upcoming reboot of Mortal Kombat, whilst Jessica McNamee and Lewis Tan are in final negotiations to join.
The plot for the reboot is currently being kept under wraps, but the 1995 film (directed by Paul W.S Anderson) focused on three unknowing martial artists who are summoned to a mysterious island to compete in a tournament whose outcome will decide the fate of the world.
Josh Lawson (whose credits include Superstore and Bombshell) will be playing the role of Kano, mercenary and member of the international crime cartel known as the Black Dragon.
Jessica McNamme (whose credits include The Meg and Into The Dark) is in talks to play the role of Sonya Blade, the commanding officer of the United States Special Forces and later of a specialised U.S. government agency.
Lewis Tan (whose credits include Into The Badlands and Wu Assassins) is in talks to play an undisclosed lead character.
The video game franchise, which started in 1992, has gone on to sell 49m copies worldwide. The script for the reboot has been written by Greg Russo, with James Wan producing the project under his banner Atomic Monster. Simon McQuoid, a veteran commercial director, will be making his directorial feature debut here with Mortal Kombat. Todd Garner will serve as producer while Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins will serve as executive producers.
Mortal Kombat is set to shoot later this year in southern Australia and is currently scheduled for cinematic release on the 5th March 2021.