Mortal Kombat set for UK online release this May
Staff Reporter | On 28, Apr 2021
Mortal Kombat will officially be available to watch online in the UK this May, we can confirm.
From New Line Cinema comes the new feature-length outing for the video game franchise, which recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (Aquaman), Todd Garner (Into the Storm), McQuoid and E Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International).
The film follows MMA fighter Cole Young, who is accustomed to taking a beating for money and clueless about his heritage — or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana – the immense power from within his soul — in time not only to save his family, but also to stop Outworld once and for all?
The cast includes Lewis Tan (Deadpool 2, Wu Assassins) as Cole Young; Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson (Bombshell) as Kano; Tadanobu Asano (Midway) as Lord Raiden; Mehcad Brooks (TV’s Supergirl) as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Ludi Lin (Aquaman) as Liu Kang; Chin Han (Skyscraper) as Shang Tsung; Joe Taslim (Star Trek Beyond) as Bi-Han and Sub-Zero; and Hiroyuki Sanada (Skyscraper) as Hanzo Hasashi and Scorpion. Also featured are Max Huang as Kung Lao, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, Matilda Kimber as Emily Young and Laura Brent as Allison Young.
McQuoid directed from a screenplay by Greg Russo and Dave Callaham (Wonder Woman 1984), from a story by Oren Uziel (Mortal Kombat: Rebirth) and Russo, based on the videogame created by Ed Boon and John Tobias.
The film was released in the USA last weekend, with UK fans left wondering when the movie might be available on this side of the Atlantic. Now, Warner Bros has confirmed that the film will be available as a Premium VOD rental from 6th May. That follows the same approach taken by Warner Bros in the UK for Godzilla vs Kong, Wonder Woman 1984, The Witches, The Little Things, Locked Down and Judas and the Black Messiah.
You can expect Mortal Kombat to be priced at £15.99 for a 48-hour rental on iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, Rakuten TV, TalkTalk TV, Sky Store, CHILI, Microsoft Store, BT TV and PlayStation Video. This is no word yet whether it will be available in UK cinemas when they reopen, which is currently expected to be from 17th May.
Here’s the trailer:
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