Mortal Kombat 2 producer Todd Garner recently took to social media to announce the start of shooting for the highly anticipated film. In a Twitter post on June 24, Garner shared a photo featuring the cast members gathered together in a cheerful setting.
Among the recognizable faces were Jessica McNamee, reprising her role as Sonya Blade, and newcomer Tati Gabrielle, who will be portraying Jade in the movie.
New friends and old friends… pic.twitter.com/S4al4gRZ8k
— Todd Garner (@Todd_Garner) June 24, 2023
Joining McNamee and Gabrielle in the cast photo was Adeline Rudolph, known for her role in the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series. Rudolph is set to step into the shoes of Princess Kitana for the next installment of New Line Cinema’s Mortal Kombat franchise. The picture also confirmed the involvement of Karl Urban, previously rumored to be in final negotiations for the role of Johnny Cage. Urban, renowned for his performance in The Boys, is expected to bring his talent to the sequel.
Regarding the production itself, Garner had previously expressed his commitment to learning from the first Mortal Kombat film’s mistakes and delivering the best possible Mortal Kombat 2 experience. Production officially began on June 23, and Garner described the upcoming stage of development as an “amazing ride.” He encouraged fans to share their opinions on the latest adaptation of the popular video game series, but with a constructive approach.
The Mortal Kombat franchise originated from the 1992 arcade fighting game of the same name, created by Ed Boon and John Tobias. While the 2021 Mortal Kombat film received mixed reviews overall, it was lauded by critics for its action-packed sequences and graphic violence, in contrast to the more toned-down 1995 live-action adaptation.
The film’s global box office earnings reached $84.4 million, surpassing its $55 million budget and paving the way for a sequel. The official announcement for Mortal Kombat 2 came in June 2022, with Jeremy Slater, the writer for Moon Knight, taking over scripting duties from Greg Russo and David Callaham, who wrote the first film based on a story by Oren Uziel and Russo.