Mortal Kombat 2: Everything we know—cast, plot & more

With Mortal Kombat 2 now officially in development, additional big-screen fatalities will soon be arriving! Here is all we currently know about the sequel, including details on the cast, story, and release date.

Fans of Johnny Cage and Liu Kang should both be happy to hear that a follow-up to Mortal Kombat, which came out in 2021, is presently in production.

The first film, directed by Simon McQuoid, received a hard R classification for its abundance of graphic violence and profanity. Early signs suggest that the sequel will be even more raucous.

Thus, here is a summary of all the information we currently know about Mortal Kombat 2, even though official facts are still few.

Is there a Mortal Kombat 2 release date?

As of January 2024, Mortal Kombat 2 does not have an official release date.

Production on the sequel initially kicked off in mid-2023, as confirmed by producer Todd Garner on June 22. “Off we go!” he wrote in a post on X (formerly Twitter).

As production got underway, James Wan also released a picture of the sequel’s clapperboard, which displayed the official logo.

The first movie came out in 2021, following years of difficult development. However, the creation of the sequel shouldn’t take nearly as long given that a vision has been developed and a story has been established to follow. Mortal Kombat 2 was even projected to launch in 2024 according to early predictions.

Nevertheless, the 2023 Hollywood strikes, which caused many projects—including Mortal Kombat 2—to be postponed until they were settled, threw off these projections.

Initial post-strike reports suggested that production on the sequel would resume in early 2024. However, social media posts by Garner and star Karl Urban confirmed filming was indeed underway again in late 2023.

As of January 21, 2024, we know that certain filming on the sequel has wrapped, as Lewis Tan revealed on social media. Thus, a late 2024 release could still be on the cards, with only post-production remaining.

We’ll update this section with further release date details as they emerge.

Mortal Kombat 2 cast: Who’s in it?

The Mortal Kombat 2 cast includes:

  • Lewis Tan as Cole Young
  • Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade
  • Mehcad Brooks as Jax
  • Chin Han as Shang Tsung
  • Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden
  • Ludi Lin as Liu Kang
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion
  • Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero/Noob Saibot
  • Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn
  • Karl Urban as Johnny Cage
  • Desmond Chiam as King Jerrod
  • Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel
  • Damon Herriman as Quan Chi
  • Tati Gabrielle as Jade
  • Adeline Rudolph as Kitana
  • CJ Bloomfield as Baraka
  • Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn

With protagonist Cole Young and most of his allies surviving the bloody chaos of the first movie, it’s unsurprising that almost all of the original cast is back for Round 2.

In terms of new faces, CJ Bloomfield will portray Baraka, another Mortal Kombat mainstay, and Karl Urban has officially joined the cast as Johnny Cage (see him for the first time here). Tati Gabrielle (Jade), Adeline Rudolph (Kitana), and Martyn Ford (Shao Kahn) are among the other confirmed first-timers in the franchise.

The debutants in Mortal Kombat 2 have not yet been shown in costume, but producer Todd Garner recently teased us with a tantalizing look at one fighter’s cosmetics. On X, Garner shared a picture of a pale hand peeking out from a dark sleeve. The owner of the hand is still unknown, although Quan Chi, played by Damon Herriman, is the most plausible contender.

We’ll update this space with more cast announcements as they’re made available.

Mortal Kombat 2 plot

There is currently no official plot synopsis for Mortal Kombat 2. But considering where the first film left off, we can guess where the sequel is headed.

First off, it appears that a legitimate competition, similar to those in the Mortal Kombat video games, is unavoidably approaching. After all, Cole Young’s primary mission at the end of the last episode was to locate additional combatants in order to start the competition.

According to the Mortal Kombat post-credits sequence, one of Cole’s recruits will be Karl Urban’s Johnny Cage. In fact, Cole’s hunt for Cage may serve as the central theme of the sequel. Adeline Rudolph’s Kitana, who has also been reported to wield her trademark bladed fans, is another contender for Cole’s crew.

Will Cole, Johnny, Kitana, and the other Earthrealm heroes go head-to-head with franchise big bad himself, Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 2? Don’t rule it out. Not only is Martyn Ford onboard as Outworld’s tyrannical ruler, but his infamous “Wrath Hammer” will definitely show up, too.

There are also rumors that Mortal Kombat 2 will occur, at least in part, in Netherrealm, the franchise’s equivalent of Hell. Producer Todd Garner posted a set shot of a red-lit stone floor, which sparked this stir. Fans are certain that Garner’s photo, albeit lacking context, shows a place in the Netherrealm due to its color and landscape.

We’ll update this section with additional plot details as they become available.

Is there a Mortal Kombat 2 trailer yet?

There is no official trailer for Mortal Kombat 2 yet. What’s more, producer Todd Garner confirmed on X that the trailer is still “months” away in January 2024.

Below is a refresher on the original Mortal Kombat trailer to hold you over:

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