Joe Taslim to portray Sub-Zero in 'Mortal Kombat' reboot

Joe Taslim to portray Sub-Zero in 'Mortal Kombat' reboot”

New Line is making a new live-action adaptation of the video game with commercial director Simon McQuoid making his feature film directorial debut.

The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop that Joe Taslim has joined the flick as Sub-Zero, one of the original characters featured in the first "Mortal Kombat" release from 1992. The 38-year-old actor and former member of the Indonesia Judo national team has his breakthrough with his role as Jaka in Gareth Evans' critically-acclaimed action film "The Raid" (2011). That being said, the studio behind the newest movie has said that this installment in the franchise will have nothing to do with Mortal Kombat films of the 90s. The blue-clad ninja with ice powers has always been a favorite so securing him for the film should be a popular decision; let's just hope that the movie is a good one since there still aren't a lot of good video game ones.

The Mortal Kombat reboot is helmed by James Wan who is known for his work on Furious 7, The Saw and Aquaman.

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Taslim is known for his roles in The Raid: Redemption, The Night Comes For Us, and the Warrior TV series. James Wan and Todd Garner are producing, with Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Sean Robins executive producing. Greg Russo penned the most recent draft. The film is set to shoot in South Australia later this year, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Now that the casting process has begun, and with production expected to get underway very soon, we can expect a veritable torrent of Mortal Kombat casting news to come our way in short order. "Mortal Kombat 11", the franchise's latest installment, was released in April and has become the most successful launch in franchise history.

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