New shots and details of the Mortal Kombat movie reboot that is ‘definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating’

New shots and details of the Mortal Kombat movie reboot that is 'definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating'

The Mortal Kombat reboot movie is due for release April 16 this year, and Entertainment Weekly has the first shots of the film alongside a bunch of plot details. If you’re surprised that this particular franchise has reached a point where directors talk solemnly about the lore and gore, you’re not alone. “Blood represents a connection,” says director Simon McQuoid. “Blood represents who we are. Without getting too overcomplicated, what we did is use blood executionally.”

Got it. The movie begins with a fight between Hanzo Hasashi (played by Logan actor Hiroyuki Sanada) and Bi-Han (Warrior’s Joe Taslim), who will respectively become Scorpion and Sub-Zero. “[Hanzo’s] the leader of a ninja clan and he’s strong, but also… at the beginning, he’s a peaceful family man,” says actor Sanada. “It is like a family drama with excitingly brutal fighting. That’s the image of this movie for me.”

There’s a fairly detailed rundown of the plot in Entertainment’s piece, should you wish to know what motivates Jax, a man with two giant metal arms, but suffice to say the roster also includes: Kano, Kung Lao, Liu Kang, Mileena, Raiden, Shang Tsung, and Sonya Blade. Best of all there’s a new character, Cole Young, who knows nothing of his heritage beyond, and I’m not making this up, a birthmark on his chest that is the Mortal Kombat symbol.

(Image credit: New Line Cinema / Warner Bros.)

Joking aside I will watch this movie at some point, and probably greatly enjoy it. One interesting element here is that the movie will feature fatalities. These have apparently never, and I can’t quite believe this, been featured in a Mortal Kombat movie before.

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