The first Mortal Kombat movie had ended with a tease for franchise favorite Johnny Cage, and it looks like the sequel has finally found someone to play him.
According to The Wrap, Karl Urban (The Boys, Lord of the Rings) is in final talks to play the part of Cage. We don’t have any details besides that, but Cage’s story is pretty much set in the universe, with him being a washed-up action star who finds himself in a fatal karate tournament.
Behind-the-Scenes, Cage was heavily inspired by Jean-Claude Van Damme from the movie Bloodsport; they even got his signature groin punch from that film. If Urban does take the role, I am hoping they find a way to put Van Damme in the movie as Johnny’s mentor or his father.
Though the first movie was called Mortal Kombat, we never really got to watch the tournament with Shang Tsung happen. Hopefully they can tackle the whole thing with the sequel, then have Shao Khan be the main villain of a third movie.
With the franchise kind of being an ode to B-level action films, I was kind of hoping that the films embraced that silly side of the franchise. With the first film kind of taking itself too seriously, I hope the sequel just embraces the camp—especially now that Johnny Cage is onboard.
No release date has been set for Mortal Kombat 2.