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Mortal Kombat movie : Aussie director, location.. and star!?

Film many years in the making finally inching towards the cameras

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Australia’s Joel Edgerton is rumoured to be up for a role in the long-gestating “Mortal Kombat” movie reboot.

According to ThatHashtagShow, the “Black Mass” and “Boy Erased” actor is being courted to play Kano, complete with Aussie accent, in director Simon Mcquoid’s celluloid take on the video game.

With an Australian director (commercials vet) at the helm, and filming set to lens down under this summer (they need local actors to get the tax credit, yo!), no surprise that born Blacktown-born Edgerton is on the wish list. Not to say the guy doesn’t have what it takes to play such a physically-demanding role – aside from his skills in Shotokan karate, he also turned his body into a machine for the Tom Hardy two-hander “Warrior” a few years back.

The Greg Russo-written pic will reputedly center around a washed-up boxer (Cole Turner) that is recruited to help protect Earth (and his daughter). He must join forces with a team of fighters that are locked in an eternal battle with killers from another dimension.

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Based on character breakdowns obtained from the site, you can expect to see the following fighters :

COLE TURNER – A washed up boxer that still puts up a good fight. He loves his daughter Emily and will do anything to protect her. He is recruited to fight in Mortal Kombat and turns out to have a mysterious upbringing.

EMILY – Cole’s 12-year-old daughter who is already a skilled boxing trainer. She proves to be tougher than she looks.

KANO – The large, rugged Australian ex-special forces turned merc-for-hire wanted by Interpol for arms dealing and drug running. He’s killed a lot of people yet still has a goofy attitude.

LORD RAIDEN – The Thunder God leader of the humankind’s contestants in Mortal Kombat. He oversees their training for the tournament.

SONYA BLADE – The tough blonde dressed in military gear and ready to become a stronger champion.

JACKSON “JAX” BRIDGES – With “Arms like cannons” he recruits Cole to the Mortal Kombat tournament.

LIU KANG – A Shaolin warrior from the White Lotus society that has the ability to throw fireballs.

KUNG LAO – A stoic warrior monk who throws his hat like a deadly frisbee.

SUB-ZER0 – The ice ninja with deadly eyes hidden behind a gruesome mask.

MILEENA – The female Outworld assassin dressed in leather armor and wielding deadly sais.

SHANG TSUNG – The ageless Outworld general that oversees the tournament and it’s fighters.

 

Though not listed, probably expect to see fan-faves Scorpion and Kabal in the film. Wouldn’t be a “Mortal Kombat” movie without them.

This new “Mortal Kombat” film has been in the works for years. At one stage it was set-up to be a continuation of the original Christopher Lambert-starring film, with everyone from Mink, Paul W.S Anderson and “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” director Kevin Tancharoen attached to direct, and much of the original cast returning.

Lambert was still onboard  – as far as he knew, anyway – as recently as 2016.

“They have a great idea for the third one”, the actor, who turned down the opportunity to reprise his role in ”Mortal Kombat: Annihilation”, replaced by “Sex and the City” alum James Remar, told Loaded. “It will be very different. We are going to be traveling through time but in a very special way. So imagine characters having a battle in the middle of London and then whoosh, you smash through a window and find yourself on the hood of a New York cab.”

Linden Ashby, who played Johnny Cage in the 1995 original, told TV Guide in 2010 that he’s “been talking to the producers for the past month or so pretty intensely, and they say we are set to go. I’ll be reprising my role as Johnny Cage. It’s supposed to start shooting this summer.”

The aforesaid Mink, who had been attached to the project for several years, mentioned a few years back that the film kept running into budgetary problems.

Last time we spoke to the filmmaker he said the film had been experiencing some trouble garnering coin. It was an independent film at the time (Warner Bros didn’t own the property at that stage) and “as you may have noticed the economy in general is a little sluggish at the moment especially in Hollywood” Mink said. “Indy investors are more cautious at this particular time then recently so it takes longer than ever. MK more than likely will be an Indy film. The film’s projected budget will be between 50& 60 mill so it is a bit more tricky than just running down to the ATM or writing a cashiers check(maybe one of those Jumbo checks like Publisher Clearing House winners). Currently Threshold is working out the financing through a studio and or equity situation. This will take as long as needs to take. I know the frustration this causes the awesome MK fans but that’s the fact Jack….”

Kevin Tanchorean – who planned on casting Michael Jai White, reprising his role from the “Legacy” shorts – left for much the same reason… frustration.

In 2015, New Line decided to abandon plans to go all sequel and instead start with a clean slate, hiring James Wan to produce a snazzy-new update. Dave Callaham and Oren Uziel were hired to write the project. The “Aquaman” and “Saw” helmer’s attachement, it seems, was what the project needed to come to fruition. Though Wan is reportedly no longer involved, he helped whip the project into shape and convinced the studio it’d be a good move to make it. He also played a part in hiring fellow countryman Mcquoid for the job.

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Meet the cast of The Craft remake!

The lead coven has been cast!

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The leads have been cast in the remake for “The Craft”, with Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone and Zoey Luna joining previously announced Cailee Spaeny. Zoe Lister-Jones is directing the film for Blumhouse and Columbia Pictures.

The movie is a remake of the 1996 cult classic, which starred Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor, and Rachel True. The story followed a newcomer at a Catholic prep high school who falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft, and wage curses against those who tick them off.

Adlon currently stars in Netflix’s teen drama series “The Society”, and recently starred in “Blockers” alongside Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz. Simone is one of the stars of drama series “Greenleaf”. Luna, a transgender actress and activist, made a name for herself by starring in “15 A Quinceanera Story: Zoey” that aired on HBO. She also starred in a short film, “Boundless”.

Thanks to Deadline for the news!

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Remake alert : Princess Bride, House Party

Two of your childhood faves are making a return to the big screen..

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An rumor concerning an inconceivable remake of 1987 classic “The Princess Bride” has sent fans into a dizzy.

Hidden in a Variety profile of the film’s producer Norman Lear, word that Lear has received numerous offers from some “very big names” wanting to “redo” “The Princess Bride” .

Cary Elwes, who starred in the original film alongside Robin Wright and Mandy Patinkin, was quick to pan the idea of a remake.

Meanwhile, New Line has commissioned a reboot of another classic — ‘90s hip hop comedy “House Party”.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Calmatic, the director behind the music video for “Old Town Road (Remix) has been hired to direct, with LeBron James – currently producing a sequel to “Space Jam” – producing.

Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori from FX’s “Atlanta” wrote the new script, one which hopefully features designated roles for Kid n’ Play.

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New Posters : Joker and Birds of Prey

New art has hit the web for the upcoming DC releases

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New posters for the upcoming DC films “Joker” and “Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn”) have hit the web, and both look jaw-droppingly fantastic!

Both films are highly anticipated releases in the next couple of months, with “Joker” hitting the screen first on October 4, and “Birds of Prey” early in 2020 on February 7.

The “Joker” poster is to promote the film’s IMAX release, which will appear in the theatres for one week. Joaquin Phoenix stars as the Joker (Arthur Fleck), alongside Robert De Niro, and is directed, produced and co-written by Todd Phillips. The flick also stars Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron, Bill Camp, Glenn Fleshler, Shea Whigham, Brett Cullen, Douglas Hodge and Josh Pais.

“Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of one Harley Quinn”) has Margot Robbie in the role of Harley Quinn (whom she played in “The Suicide Squad”), and also stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Huntress, Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary, Ella Jay Basco as Cassandra Cain, Ewan McGregor as the villain Black Mask, Chris Messina as Victor Zsasz and Rosie Perez as Renee Montoya. Cathy Yan directs from a script by Christina Hodson.

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