Mortal Kombat star addresses future of his character in series

Susannah Alexander
·3-min read
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

Mortal Kombat spoilers follow.

Mortal Kombat star Joe Taslim has spoken out about his future in the franchise, revealing that he is hopeful that his character Sub-Zero will appear in another Mortal Kombat movie.

Taslim plays assassin Bi-Han / Sub-Zero in Simon McQuoid's new video game adaptation, although the character does meet a rather fiery end at the hands of Scorpion (Hiroyuki Sanada) at the end of the movie.

However, as video game fans will know, a character's death doesn't necessarily mean that they're actually gone for good, and within the Mortal Kombat universe Sub-Zero is eventually resurrected into Noob Saibot.

Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

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Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Taslim revealed that he is hopeful that he'll get the chance to play Sub-Zero again in a future movie project, saying that he would love to take on "the next transformation of the character".

"If the fans want this franchise to continue, then there's a strong chance that the next step for Bi-Han is to play Noob Saibot," he said. "Fingers crossed, but I hope it happens because I definitely want to play that character."

However, a sequel isn't the only road that the franchise could take and Taslim also has a solid idea for a prequel movie featuring his character's brother.

"To be honest, the most interesting path, in my opinion, is to do a prequel," he said. "It would be a story about Bi-Han and his training in the Lin Kuei. When he got abducted by the Lin Kuei, his parents were killed. So it would be the process of him and his brother becoming assassins, and I think that's quite interesting as well."

Photo credit: Rick Kern - Getty Images
Photo credit: Rick Kern - Getty Images

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The actor added that he is keen on the idea of another movie following the video game's storyline, which would see Bi-Han's brother Kuai Liang taking on the mantle of Sub-Zero.

"I like that idea," he said. "If they do a sequel, then we are probably going to see Noob Saibot. If they do a prequel, then we would get to see two future Sub-Zeros in one movie, and that would be intriguing."

The movie certainly leaves things off with a strong possibility for sequels to follow, with Mortal Kombat's ending suggesting that famed fighter Johnny Cage could be making his debut in another movie.

In fact, writer Greg Russo has revealed that he's actually planned for a trilogy for the franchise, so the possibility of seeing Sub-Zero again is probably a lot more than zero.

Mortal Kombat is out in US cinemas and available to watch on HBO Max in the US, and will be available to rent at home in the UK from May 6.

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