While Mortal Kombat: Legacy did a commendable job in quenching our thirst, it has been over 20 years since a Mortal Kombat movie has made an appearance on the big screen; 23 years since the release of the original film in 1995. However, it looks like the Warner Bros. and New Line Mortal Kombat reboot being produced by James Wan – originally announced in August 2015 – is actually moving forward full steam ahead, and will be introducing a brand new character to the franchise.
New character, Cole Turner, will make his debut in the Mortal Kombat universe as the film’s lead protagonist, according to a report from That Hashtag Show.
Cole’s character description is as follows:
Lead Male. 30s. A brand new character to the MK franchise. Cole is a struggling and widowed boxer who cares more about his young daughter than anything. He is incredibly determined and refuses to quit in the face of fantastical adversity.
If the premise of Cole’s character description sounds vaguely familiar for 90’s fighting games, you’re not far off. Jax, who was initially introduced in Mortal Kombat II video game, was originally developed as kickboxer. However, he was redeveloped as Sonya Blade’s military counterpart due to the fact that the Street Fighter franchise already had a boxing character in Balrog. Jax will reportedly also be making another theatrical appearance in the reboot, working with Cole as well as a newly reimagined Sonya Blade (check out her new character description below).
Sonya’s new description isn’t the only thing that will stand out to fans. The film also appears to be moving away from other Mortal Kombat staples, such as Johnny Cage, as well as fan-favorites, Sub-Zero and Scorpion, whose character descriptions are notably absent from the list. It would likely be a huge miss for the new reboot to not include the mortal enemies. Obviously, not all of the characters from the massive collection can be included in the film, but hopefully the iconic duo will be added in some capacity, at least as a nod to the long-time fans of the franchise.
Although his description is brief, Cole seems to be the typical kind of character that will be easy to root for. While the continually successful video games have introduced new characters to the series, Cole should provide a breath of fresh air for the films, getting away from the films’ former lead protagonist of Liu Kang (who is also reported to be included in the reboot).
Check out the rest of the reboot’s character descriptions below:
Supporting Lead Male. 30s. The large, rugged Australian ex-special forces turned merc-for-hire. He is arrogant and impetuous but a tremendous fighter.
Supporting Lead Female. 30s. The beautiful, brainy blonde writer who chases the prophecy of Mortal Kombat. She recruits Cole and fights bravely and selflessly for a team she can only be a true part of once she earns a medallion in combat.
Male. 14. The immortal thunder God and protector of the Earth realm, who leads and trains the Earth team in the Underworld.
Female. 25-35. A drop dead gorgeous woman that is part of the Outworld side. She wears a sheer gown over thigh-high boots and a revealing one-piece, with a veil that covers her nose and mouth.
JACKSON "JAX" BRIDGES
Male. 30-40. “Jax” is a strapping mercenary/military officer who loses both of his hands in an attack and then joins Sonya and Cole to fight the Outworld.
Male. 20-35. A fire throwing ninja warrior who is a talented Earth realm champion.
Male. 25-35. The mute warrior monk brother of Liu Kang, who yields an all powerful boomerang hat.
Male. No age specified. The great sorcerer of Outworld, whose presence is a storm cloud of dark energy. His ever-changing roulette of faces unfurls an evil smile.
Male. 25-35. An Oni devil mask over his face, his body is composed of twisted sinewy skin, a heavy spiked club replaces one arm.
Male. 25-35. An evil assassin of Outworld, he is outfitted in a black armored vest and trench coat. His entire head is covered by a scarred black respirator. His signature weapons are two razor-sharp hook swords.
Female. 25-35. A black-haired vampire of Outworld. Two massive leathery batwings protrude from her bare shoulders. Fresh blood drips from her fangs.
Male. 25-40. An armor-clad Outworld General with white glowing eyes. He drags a massive war hammer with him.
Male. Late 80’s. The overseer of the clock tower and the training grounds that house the Earth realm warriors, he is laughably old.
Female. 12. Cole's scrappy, determined, and wise-beyond-her-years daughter.
Female. 60s. Cole’s understanding, discerning mother-in-law who houses Emily and is her primary guardian.
Female. 30-35. Cole’s judgmental sister-in-law, who believes Cole to be a selfish, bad father. She lives with Sophia and Emily.