Hopefully fans will like Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat on Friday when the actor announced he was obliged to potentially play the role in four more films. As of now, no sequels have officially been lit green at Warner Bros. for the anticipated adaptation of the video game. That should change if the film does as well as it is expected when it finally premieres in theaters and on HBO Max this week.
Should Warner Bros. decide to move on with Mortal Kombat after the premiere of the first film, Taslim could return as Sub-Zero. In a new interview with Variety, Joe Taslim confirmed he’s signed to the studio for four more installments, which means we could potentially see Taslim’s Sub-Zero in five Mortal Kombat films. It remains to be seen whether this new film will spawn a whole new franchise, and it all depends on the success of the first installment.
“If this is successful, maybe we can do more,” said Taslim.
The 39-year-old actor also remembers playing the original video game for the first time when he was around 12 years old. Getting into the movie as a longtime fan who understands what made the video game series so special can only help Taslim’s performance as Sub-Zero.
“I was born in South Sumatra. We were poor, so I didn’t have the console because it’s expensive,” said Taslim. “I went to my friend’s house every day to play the game. But you get there and there are about 10 kids in line. Whoever wins keeps playing … so it takes me 40 minutes to get to my part. “
While Taslim is signed up for possibly five films in total, there are currently no creative plans for a planned film trilogy. Recently, co-writer Greg Russo said the new adaptation marks the beginning of a trilogy. Given the lore and the number of characters the franchise has to offer, Russo also teased potential spin-offs that could arrive outside of the main series as well.
“When I wrote the first film, I always had two more in the back of my mind so I always knew where things were going,” Russo told CBR. “I would love to come back and explore, there is just so much mythology out there that we haven’t had the time to dive into it [but] Two hours is the right length for a first film. But there is more, there are the Shaolin monks, there are the special forces, there are all these spin-offs that you could see. “
In addition to Taslim as Sub-Zero, Lewis Tan as Cole Young, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson as Kano, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jax Briggs and Ludi Lin as Liu Kang belong to the cast of the new Mortal Kombat, Chin Han as Shang Tsung and Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion. There won’t seem to be any of Johnny Cage’s in the original film, but in the sequels that are likely to happen, the character is likely to show up at some point. Simon McQuoid directs with a script by Oren Uziel and Greg Russo.
Mortal Kombat will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on April 23rd. This message comes from Variety.
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