Mortal Kombat movie images, plot details revealed

The revival of the Mortal Kombat movie franchise has been in the works for a while and it’s finally arriving on April 16 in theaters and streaming on HBO Max. The film was directed by Simon McQuoid and written by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (The Expendables, Godzilla) and in an exclusive interview with Entertainment Weekly, McQuoid shared some details of the movie.

The film begins with the birth of the feud between Scorpion and Sub-Zero… before they were Scorpion and Sub-Zero when they were Hanzo and Bi-Han in the center of their clans’ blood feud. The story then moves to a new character in the Mortal Kombat universe, Cole Young. Young is portrayed by actor and martial artist Lewis Tan, who performed his own stunts in the film.

"When we first meet Cole, he's in a really bad spot," Tan told EW. "He's down on his luck. He's kind of a washed-up MMA fighter who used to be a champion, who used to believe in himself, who used to have a lot of hope in his career. And it's all gone down the drain. 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."

Shang Tsung sends Sub-Zero to hunt down Young for reasons unknown except for maybe something having to do with the birthmark in the shape of the Mortal Kombat logo on his chest. Young connects with Jax Briggs, who has the same birthmark and then later meets up with Sonya Blade who takes them to the temple of Lord Raiden, who shelters those who bear the mark. In the temple, Young meets Liu Kang, Kung Lao, and Kano who are all training for a tournament to defeat the enemies from Outerworld.

McQuoid assures fans this won’t be a PG-13 movie, it’ll be rated R, and there will be blood, lots of blood.

“The rules around ratings aren't what a lot of people think they are," he told EW. "It's amount of blood, it's amount of red, it's interpretation of how you go about it. We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities --- And there is gore, blood, and fatalities."

"There are some crazy fatalities," Tan adds. "We've picked a couple of iconic ones. There's a lot of really cool signature moves that you'll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can't wait to see on the big screen. They're brutal, man. They don't hold back."

Read the Entertainment Weekly feature here in its entirety and check out some of the images shared from the film's official Twitter account below.