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    Warner Bros.’ 2021 live-action Mortal Kombat is getting a sequel, and Mortal Kombat 2 updates are arriving fast now that the movie’s in production. There’s a strong set-up for more in the Mortal Kombat movie universe, and Mortal Kombat’s sequel is set to introduce several characters from the games. Johnny Cage, Shao Kahn, and Sindel will be making their live-action debuts in Mortal Kombat 2 — reveals that tease the sequel’s story delving even further into the surprisingly deep lore of the Mortal Kombat beat-em-ups.

    2021’s Mortal Kombat was the third live-action movie to adapt the game franchise, and Mortal Kombat 2 will be a direct sequel. The 2021 Mortal Kombat movie delivered on the promised R-rating, sticking to a mostly faithful adaptation of the game that brings iconic characters to life as well as expanding the lore with the introduction of new characters like Cole Young (Lewis Tan). Mortal Kombat 2 is expected to continue the strong start the Mortal Kombat cinematic franchise made when Sub Zero, Scorpion, and the rest made their live-action debuts.

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    The Latest Mortal Kombat 2 News

    The most recent news to come from the video game movie’s camp is a promising update as the filming re-start for Mortal Kombat 2 has been confirmed. The movie originally began filming back in mid-2023, but the arrival of the SAG/AFTRA strike put everything on hold for months. Just a few weeks after the SAG/AFTRA strike was resolved, Mortal Kombat 2 rushed back into production and seemingly didn’t miss a beat, despite the fact that things were shut down for so long.

    Mortal Kombat 2 Production Status

    Fortunately for those eagerly awaiting the release of Mortal Kombat 2, the recent filming update proves that the movie is back on track in its principal photography phase. Shooting was delayed for some months thanks to the SAG/AFTRA strike which brought Hollywood to a standstill, but it is now back on and in full swing. This promising update doesn’t reveal much about when the movie will be arriving, though it likely won’t be any time in 2024.

    The SAG/AFTRA strike was resolved on November 9th, 2023.

    Mortal Kombat 2 Cast

    Mileena shown in 2021 Mortal Kombat.

    The Mortal Kombat games are known for their wide and varied rosters of fighters, so naturally, the key questions around Mortal Kombat 2 are who is being added to the cast. While many more names are still expected, a large amount of characters have already been confirmed, including:


    Mortal Kombat 2 Character

    Lewis Tan

    Cole Young

    Jessica McNamee

    Sonya Blade

    Mehcad Brooks


    Tadanobu Asano


    Ludi Lin

    Liu Kang

    Hiroyuki Sanada


    Chin Han

    Shang Tsung

    Joe Taslim

    Noob Saibot

    Tati Gabrielle


    Martyn Ford

    Shao Kahn

    Karl Urban

    Johnny Cage

    Adeline Rudolph


    Desmond Chaim

    King Jerrod

    Ana Thu Nguyen

    Queen Sindel

    Damon Herriman

    Quan Chi

    Mortal Kombat 2 cast news reached new levels of excitement when it was confirmed Baraka has been added to the sequel’s roster of characters, announced when producer Todd Garner posted a set photo of a camping chair with Baraka’s name on it. Baraka is a Tarkatan who serves the Outworld, and he has huge blades on his forearm and razor-sharp teeth. However, it hasn’t been revealed who is playing the character.

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    Mortal Kombat 2 Story Details

    A blended image features Lewis Tan in the live-action Mortal Kombat movie and Johnny Cage in the video game

    While what will happen in the sequel is largely still speculation, it is confirmed that a Mortal Kombat tournament will happen. Ed Boon, co-creator of the Mortal Kombat series of games, is heavily involved in the project and the story being told. Boon has a creative hand in both the animated series and the live-action sequel. With Boon knowing the games inside and out, his contributions to the story will undoubtedly delve deeper into the lore.

    The addition of Baraka to the Mortal Kombat 2 cast teases more of the sequel’s story too. Though Baraka might only have a small role in the movie, he’s a general of the Tarkatan Horde and serves Outworld, and he’s extremely loyal to Mileena and Shao Kahn too, having a particularly close relationship with Mileena. This all but confirms that Shao Kahn will be central to the plot, and Baraka will likely be answering to Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 2 and doing his dirty work. However, Baraka didn’t turn on Kahn in the video game series, and that could happen in Mortal Kombat 2.

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    Mortal Kombat 2 Is Learning Its Lessons From The First Movie

    A blended image features Johnny Cage in the Mortal Kombat games and Cole in the Mortal Kombat 2021 movie

    The Mortal Kombat 2 movie is the next step in establishing long-term prospects for Warner Bros.’s live-action reboot, and updates regarding the sequel suggest that the lessons from the first movie won’t be ignored. Although Mortal Kombat 2 writer Jeremy Slater won’t say anything about the actual story, he explains that they see the sequel “as a chance to take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better”. Along with Slater’s comments, producer Todd Garner has also assured fans that the sequel be an improvement over its predecessor.

    Garner tweeted, “I’m thrilled to start & trust me, we’ve listened. We’ve learned from the mistakes & are committed to making the best MK2 possible.” Garner isn’t just saying what fans want to hear, as he’s extremely vocal on Twitter, and during Mortal Kombat 2’s development, he was constantly asking his followers what they want to see. Garner even posted a poll about fans’ favorite realms, with the clear winner being Edenia, so it’s likely that the Eden-influenced realm will appear in Mortal Kombat 2.


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