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Mortal Kombat 2 Rounds Out Cast for Sequel to New Line’s Hit Actioner

Martyn Ford, Desmond Chiam, Ana Thu Nguyen, and Damon Herriman have been cast in the sequel to New Line’s hit 2021 action adventure “Mortal Kombat” based on the blockbuster video game franchise, New Line announced on Thursday morning.

Ford will play villainous Outworld emperor Shao Kahn, with Chiam as Edenian King Jerrod, Nguyen as Queen Sindel and Herriman as Netherrealm demon Quan Chi.

The new additions join a cast which include Karl Urban as “Johnny Cage,” Tati Gabrielle as “Jade,” and Adeline Rudolph as “Kitana.”

The returning cast from “Mortal Kombat” includes Lewis Tan as “Cole Young”; Jessica McNamee as “Sonya Blade”; Josh Lawson as “Kano”; Tadanobu Asano as “Lord Raiden”; Mehcad Brooks as “Jax”; Ludi Lin as “Liu Kang”; Chin Han as “Shang Tsung”; Joe Taslim as “Bi-Han” and “Sub-Zero”; Hiroyuki Sanada as “Hanzo Hasashi” and “Scorpion”; Max Huang as “Kung Lao.”

Simon McQuoid, who directed the 2021 film, is set to return. Jeremy Slater (“Moon Knight,” “The Umbrella Academy”) wrote the screenplay for the sequel.

The previous film was a new adaptation of the popular video-game franchise that offered a grittier, more violent take on the material than the 1990s films. The film followed a new character, an MMA fighter named Cole Young (Lewis Tan) as he faced off against Outworld enemies in a high-stakes battle for the universe. Details as to the sequel’s plot are under wraps.

It was released in April 2021 in theaters and on HBO Max, and was an early pandemic hit for distributor Warner Bros., ranking as one of the top feature titles on HBO Max since the streaming service debuted.

According to information I gathered from Deadline, Ford is a bodybuilder and actor currently appearing in Sony’s The Machine, and has appeared in films such as F9: The Fast Saga and Kingsman: The Golden Circle, along with such series as Netflix’s The Sandman and HBO’s The Nevers. He’s next set to appear in Millennium Films’ Red Sonja remake opposite Rhona Mitra.

Chiam stars opposite Stephanie Hsu and Ashley Park in the SXSW comedy Joy Ride, due for release in theaters by Lionsgate on July 7th, and will also soon be seen reprising his role as Nick Zhao in the second season of Prime Video’s With Love. The actor known for his portrayal of Dovich in the Marvel series The Falcon and Winter Soldier also counts amongst his credits Netflix’s Partner Track and CBS’s So Help Me Todd, among other projects.

Next to be seen in the Australian actioner Suka, Nguyen’s past feature credits include Get Free and The Spy Who Never Dies, where she starred as the assassin Lollypop.

Herriman famously played Charles Manson in both Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Netflix’s Mindhunter, and has also been seen in films like The Lone Ranger and J. Edgar. Recent series credits include Disney+’s The Artful Dodger, Netflix’s Thai Cave Rescue and HBO Max’s The Tourist, to name but a few.

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