Mortal Kombat 2: The Boys Star Karl Urban Reportedly in Final Talks to Play Johnny Cage

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Since it first appeared with the original video game in 1992, Mortal Kombat has grown to become one of the most popular media franchises built around the series of fighting video games. The Mortal Kombat has spawned 24 differently named games, out of which eleven were part of the main series, and the twelfth installment is currently in development and reportedly set to be released by the end of this year.

Thanks to its huge popularity, the Mortal Kombat franchise spawned the original live-action movie of the same name in 1995, followed by the sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation 1997. Critics panned Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, which was a commercial failure. In 2021, the reboot movie Mortal Kombat was released in theaters and on HBOMax simultaneously due to the pandemic of COVID-19. The movie grossed $84.4 million against the budget of $55 million, which doesn’t seem much, but it was enough for Warner Bros. Pictures to greenlit a sequel.

Mortal Kombat 2 will introduce a new Johnny Cage!

According to The Wrap, Karl Urban is currently in final talks to play Johnny Cage in the sequel to the 2021 reboot movie. The reboot didn’t feature Johnny Cage, who is one of the most known Mortal Kombat characters, but the post-credit scene of the first movie set up his appearance in the sequel.

Karl Urban is currently best known for starring in Amazon’s acclaimed superhero satire series The Boys. He is known for starring in many known projects, in either main or supporting roles. He starred in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings trilogy as Éomer, The Chronicles of Riddick as Siberius Vaako, the Star Trek movie series as Leonard McCoy, Dredd as Judge Dredd, Thor: Ragnarok as Skurge the Executioner, and he even had a cameo as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.


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Johnny Cage was featured in both 1995’s Mortal Kombat and 1997’s Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. In the former, the character was played by Linden Ashby, and in the latter, by Chris Conrad. The original 1995 movie received mixed reviews from critics but was ultimately well-received by the fans of the source material. The sequel, however, was an absolute disaster, which has put the live-action Mortal Kombat movie franchise on hold until 2021.

In the meantime, a series of animated movies kicked off with Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge in April 2020. The second movie, Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms, was released in August 2021, followed by Mortal Kombat Legends: Snow Blind in October 2022 and Mortal Kombat Legends: Cage Match, which is set to be released by the end of this year.

The live-action Mortal Kombat 2 is currently in development, with Simon McQuoid set to return as the director. The release date is currently TBA.

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