Mortal Kombat: Cole Young was not expected by Greg Russo

Mortal Kombat: Cole Young was not expected by Greg Russo

Mortal Kombat

The new Mortal Kombat movie is almost upon us, ready to take us on a dive into action, martial arts and spectacular violence in the world of the franchise created by John Tobais, Ed Boon and the developers of NetherRealm Studios, who just about two years ago Mortal Kombat 11 released, the latest incarnation of the popular fighting game (of which the Ultimate version is available on Amazon).

After seeing the last trailer and reading the first details and images of the film and the director's comments , this time it is the screenwriter Greg Russo who reveals some interesting background on the birth of the film.

In an interview with Inverse Greg Russo has indeed revealed that the protagonist Cole Young, a new character never seen in any title of the saga videogame, it was not conceived by him or by Oren Uziel who supported him in the drafting of the story, but it was specifically wanted by Warner Bros. upstream.

“It was something that the studio wanted. The new protagonist was an idea inserted even before my involvement. I inherited a first script in 2016 and the new protagonist was present in it. But it had no connection with the Mortal Kombat mythology. I thought: if we have to make this film I want to make sure that we do it well, and that this character fits into the mythology in an organic way. "

The character of Cole Young is played by the British actor and martial artist Lewis Tan, who commented on his role as follows:

“he is an interesting character because he is an entry point rooted in history. He is unfortunate, he is a father, he is a husband. But he is a man who has lost his opportunity and his moment. And I think he's a really cool character to play. So this is the story of him. He is a martial artist and is very capable, but he never got a chance at him. And that's where he starts. He is so he gets entangled in the world of Mortal Kombat. "

Directed by Simon McQuoid, the new Mortal Kombat will be released in American theaters and simultaneously on the HBO Max streaming platform today April 16th.

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Since the launch of the controversial fighting game in the early ‘90s there have been multiple Mortal Kombat movie and TV adaptations, with the vast majority of those failing to capture the brutality (and fatalities) that drew gamers to arcades and terrified parents nearly 30 years ago. Well, that will all change with Simon McQuoid’s highly anticipated version of the classic Midway arcade franchise. But with not much time before the film’s April 23 release, you’re probably wondering where you can watch Mortal Kombat streaming.

Well, lucky for you and everyone else who’s been looking forward to Mortal Kombat ever since Sub-Zero literally froze Jax’s arms off in that first bone-shattering trailer because watching the movie is a hell of a lot easier than keying in a fatality command. And surprisingly enough, watching Mortal Kombat won’t cost you as much as an afternoon of feeding quarters into one of those old arcade cabinets.

Where Is Mortal Kombat Streaming

In case you have been trapped in Outworld for a few centuries, anyone with an HBO Max account can watch Mortal Kombat streaming the same time it opens in theaters, which happens to be Friday, April 23. One of the many movies to land on the streaming service and theaters simultaneously as part of the Warner Bros. 2021 release model, Mortal Kombat will be available to watch online for 31 days, giving everyone the opportunity to watch all the bloody moments and the fatalities we want to see when the movie pushes its R rating to the limit.

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Will Mortal Kombat Be On Netflix?

It seems that whenever a movie comes out people are quick to ask: “Hey, is that going to be on Netflix?” And while a ton of great movies come to Netflix in time, it’s not always the case. With Mortal Kombat streaming exclusively on HBO Max upon its release (remember, it’s only for a limited time), it doesn’t look like we’ll be watching Earthrealm and Outworld battle it out on the popular streamer anytime soon, if at all.

It’s not all bad news as you can watch Mortal Kombat’s Joe Taslim kick a lot of ass in The Night Comes for Us, which happens to be one of the best movies on Netflix.

Is Mortal Kombat For Longtime Fans, Newcomers Or Both?

One of the challenges that directors of video game adaptations often face is entertaining the larger audience but also pleasing the fans of whatever game is being brought to the screen. This is something Mortal Kombat director Simon McQuoid was conscious of while filming the movie, as he told CinemaBlend’s Braden Roberts on a 2019 set visit:

A lot of times two things are going on at once. I thought a lot about when I know a fan is going to love this moment, I also have to think ‘Oh, it can’t be too inside all the time.

To get around this, the director put together a plan that would please both sides of the audience saying that he worked in character introductions that allow longtime fans of the video game series to see their favorite fighters but at the same time explaining each character to those not well-versed in Mortal Kombat’s lore in a meaningful way.

Well, now that we know where and how to watch Mortal Kombat streaming as well as what we can expect from some of the characters, all that is left to do is prepare ourselves fo what sounds like one of the most intense and visceral video game adaptations in quite some time. And after watching the movie, why not check out CinemaBlend’s updated list of 2021 movie premiere dates for all the latest on the rest of the Warner Bros. films coming to theaters and HBO Max later this year.

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