Warner Bros. dropped a new synopsis for its Mortal Kombat movie reboot, teasing the battle between Cole Young (Lewis Tan) and Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim)

Warner Bros. dropped a new synopsis for its Mortal Kombat movie reboot, teasing the battle between Lewis Tan’s Cole Young and Sub-Zero.

Cole Young is an original character created for the new Mortal Kombat film. A washed-up mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, Cole is “unaware of his heritage, and why he is being hunted by Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung’s best warrior, Sub-Zero.” Concerned for his family and wanting answers, Cole seeks out Sonya Blade on the advice of Jackson “Jax” Bridges, a Special Forces major with the same mysterious dragon birthmark as Cole.

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Tan explained the logic behind making Cole the protagonist in the Mortal Kombat reboot, saying, “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.”

An actor. martial artist and model, Tan is accustomed to performing his own stunts, having played Gaius Chau in Into the Badlands and Lu Xin in Wu Assassin, in addition to his small roles as Zhou Cheng in Iron Fist and Shatterstar in Deadpool 2. He’s acknowledged the responsibility that comes with tackling an iconic property like Mortal Kombat, saying, “You want to bring something new to the table that people haven’t seen before, but at the same time, really respect and pay homage to these legendary worlds that were already created.”

The synopsis for Mortal Kombat reads,

Inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history with Mortal Kombat 11, Mortal Kombat features MMA fighter Cole Young, a brand new character to the Mortal Kombat universe, played by Lewis Tan. In the film, Cole is unaware of his heritage, and why he is being hunted by Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung’s best warrior, Sub-Zero. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Once he is brought to the temple of Lord Raiden, Cole begins his training with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano. Soon he will stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

Directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan, Mortal Kombat stars Lewis Tan as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; Hiroyuki Sanada as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; Matilda Kimber as Emily Young; and Laura Brent as Allison Young. The film arrives in theaters and on HBO Max April 16.

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Source: Warner Bros.

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