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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.

Kano

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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Casting : Stoll, James, Kinnear, Yen, Phillippe, O’Dowd

Two join Spielberg’s “West Side Story”, a “Penny Dreadful” regular returns for spin-off & more

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Corey Stoll and Brian d’Arcy James have joined Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of ”West Side Story”. Stoll will play Lieutenant Schrank, the New York City detective charged with quelling civic unrest in his racially divided precinct, while dʼArcy James will play Sergeant Krupke, a veteran cop whose beat includes the territories of the Sharks and the Jets. [More…]

Rory Kinnear has joined “Penny Dreadful : City of Angels”, the next chapter of the “Penny Dreadful” saga, in the series regular role of Dr. Peter Craft. Craft is a successful German pediatrician and the head of the German-American Bund, an organization he hopes will keep the United States isolated from the growing threat of war in Europe. [More..]

“Rogue One” star Donnie Yen is set to play a cop who mentors Nicholas Tse in director Benny Chan’s ”Raging Fire”, to be produced by Emperor Motion Pictures. Yen’s character is a cop too honest for his own good who sees his protégé, played by Tse, rising in the ranks as his own career stalls. But Tse’s unethical behavior lands him in prison, and the embittered man vows to take revenge on his former mentor. [More…]

“Shooter” alum Ryan Phillippe has been tapped as the lead in CBS’ drama pilot ”Alive”. Katrina Law and Aaron Staton are set as co-leads in the project, a modern interpretation of the classic Frankenstein tale in a cop procedural setting. Show “centers on Mark Escher (Phillippe), a San Francisco homicide detective who’s mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife Elizabeth (Law) realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection: Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Staton).” [More…]

Chris O’Dowd will star in an episode of producer Jordan Peele’s “Twilight Zone” reboot at CBS All Access. The “Bridesmaids” actor will appear in the ep “The Blue Scorpion,” written by Glen Morgan, which will also feature Amy Landecker. “The Twilight Zone” premieres with a double episode on April 1. [More..]

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Actor rumored for lead role in Christopher Nolan’s next

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”

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“BlacKkKlansman’s” John David Washington looks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, sources tell Variety.

Described as a “massive, innovative, action blockbuster” with elements of Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”, the Warner Bros. release will hit theaters July 17, 2020.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, Washington, known for HBO’s “Ballers” and last year’s “BlacKkKlansman” is the first actor to be linked to the production.

John David Washington in BlacKkKlansman (2018)

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood to premiere at Cannes

25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the fest

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Quentin Tarantino’s highly-anticipated “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood” will premiere at Cannes, according to THR.

Though the official word hasn’t gone out yet, the new pic is rumored to debut on May 21 at the festival, 25 years to the day since the former video store clerk’s “Pulp Fiction” played the Croisette.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Margot Robbie, is set in 1969 Los Angeles during the height of the hippie movement and the Manson family murders, the story centers around former TV Western star Cliff Booth (DiCaprio) and his longtime stunt double Rick Dalton (Pitt) as they navigate a town and an industry they hardly recognize. Robbie plays the late Sharon Tate.

Two new posters for the film were released this week (below).

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