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Thursday, May 4, 2023

Karl Urban is in final talks to star as Johnny Cage in ‘MORTAL KOMBAT 2’

Karl Urban is in final talks to star as Johnny Cage in ‘MORTAL KOMBAT 2’.

Fans will recognize Karl Urban for his roles in projects that include The Boys, Thor: Ragnarok, Star Trek, and Judge Dredd in the movie Dredd. He certainly has the star power to bring a character like Johnny Cage to life. Especially knowing how much of a Hollywood icon Cage is supposed to be.

The first film's director, Simon McQuoid, will return for the sequel, directing a script by Jeremy Slater, who penned episodes of "Moon Knight" and "The Umbrella Academy." While the 2021 film didn't quite live up to the celluloid insanity of Paul W.S. Anderson's 1995 adaptation of the "Fatality"-full franchise, it was clear that the folks behind it had a lot of love for the source material, and Urban could be the key to making this whole reboot work. 

This news was shared by The Wrap. They report that “Karl Urban is in final talks to star as fan-favorite character ‘Johnny Cage’ in the sequel to New Line’s hit 2021 action adventure ‘Mortal Kombat‘ based on the blockbuster video-game franchise.” As mentioned, Cage’s absence was something brought up by fans before the first film’s release. A post-credits scene later teased Cage’s appearance in a potential sequel. Now it looks like that plan will come to fruition.

The 2021 "Mortal Kombat" adaptation was a bit messy, but it had a whole lot of potential that could be made into something truly fantastic with someone like Urban playing one of the most famous characters this side of Sub-Zero. The (re)introduction of Cage to the silver screen was teased in a post-credits scene of the 2021 film, so he has to show up, right? Not only that, but screenwriter Slater promised that Cage will appear in "Mortal Kombat 2," so he's clearly already a part of the plan and it was just a matter of finding the right guy to play him. 

Simon McQuoid is returning to direct the Mortal Kombat sequel, with Jeremy Slater having written the screenplay for the new film. The original video games that the films are based on were created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.

Stay tuned to ScreenGeek for any additional Mortal Kombat 2 news as we have it.

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