Simon McQuoid is returning to direct the sequel to his 2021 adaptation.
After a period of silence, the development of Mortal Kombat 2 appears to be progressing rapidly. Recently, it was revealed that Karl Urban, known for his roles in Dredd and The Boys, has been cast as the beloved character Johnny Cage in the sequel. This announcement seems to have sparked a flurry of activity, accelerating the production process. Adding to the excitement, another actor has now joined the expanding ensemble, bringing to life another iconic character from the games: Kitana.
Adeline Rudolph has been announced as the actress chosen to portray Kitana in the upcoming sequel to the 2021 R-rated Mortal Kombat adaptation, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The sequel will once again be directed by Simon McQuoid and features a screenplay by Jeremy Slater. While plot details are being kept under wraps, it is anticipated that the majority of the original cast, including Lewis Tan as Cole Young, will be returning for the new film. Adeline Rudolph, known for her roles in Netflix’s Resident Evil series and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is a rising star in the industry. Her portrayal of Kitana is eagerly awaited by fans as the sequel continues to generate excitement. Further updates on the production are expected to be revealed as the film progresses.
An intriguing aspect of Rudolph’s casting is her reunion with fellow Sabrina co-star Tati Gabrielle, who has been recently announced as the actress portraying Jade in the sequel. This connection is significant because Kitana and Jade share a strong bond in the game’s lore. Additionally, both characters have a history intertwined with the villainous Shao Kahn, which could potentially provide some insights into the antagonist’s role in the upcoming film. However, it is important to note that any conclusions drawn at this point are purely speculative.
Mortal Kombat, released in 2021, faced the challenge of being released during a time when theaters were still recovering from the impact of the pandemic. Consequently, its performance at the box office was moderate, generating $84 million in global ticket sales. However, the film achieved tremendous success on the streaming platform HBO Max, becoming one of the most-watched movies on the service thus far. It was this popularity on HBO Max that ultimately paved the way for the greenlighting of a sequel. It is worth noting that HBO Max recently underwent a rebranding and is now simply referred to as Max, but that is a separate matter altogether.
Despite the substantial success of Mortal Kombat on the streaming platform, it is highly unlikely that the sequel will bypass theatrical release. Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav has expressed a strong stance against the notion of direct-to-streaming movies, emphasizing the value of the theatrical experience. Therefore, fans who prefer to witness the thrilling and intense action, complete with spine-crushing moments, bone-crunching fights, and fatalities, will undoubtedly have the chance to enjoy the sequel on the big screen.
Mortal Kombat 2 currently remains without a release date. Stay tuned for further casting news as the announcements roll in.