Mortal Kombat's first trailer delivers gory battles and brutal fatalities

Amy West
·2-min read
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.
Photo credit: Mark Rogers - Warner Bros.

From Digital Spy

Mortal Kombat's first trailer has punched its way online and it's packed full of gory battles and brutal fatalities to satisfy every fan.

The trailer shows classic Mortal Kombat characters like Sub-Zero, Lui Kang, Scorpion, Kano and Sonja Blade in all their glory, and there's a lot of promise that it'll be a faithful live-action adaptation.

Mortal Kombat will be released in US cinemas and on HBO Max in the US on April 16, but while its UK release is set for the same day, it's unclear whether cinemas will be reopened in time for the release.

The movie's diverse international cast includes Josh Lawson (Kano), Sisi Stringer (Mileena), Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Max Huang (Kung Lao), Lewis Tan (Cole Young), Home and Away's Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Supergirl's Mehcad Brooks (Jaxx) and Power Rangers' Ludi Lin (Liu Kang).

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

Based on the video game series of the same name, the outing follows Cole, an MMA fighter who is unaware of his heritage or Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, is out to hunt him down.

"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. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark," the synopsis reads.

"Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth's greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

"But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?"

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

"We needed it to be really elemental and really brutal. It's not a shiny film… I wanted the dirt and the grime to come through," director Simon McQuoid previously told Entertainment Weekly, so it seems fair to assume that we can expect to see some bloodshed.

Mortal Kombat will be released in US cinemas on April 16 and will also stream on HBO Max in the US. It's set for an April 16 release in the UK, but that date is subject to change.

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