Mortal Kombat 2 Finds Its Shao Kahn & Quan Chi, Seemingly Recasts Kabal

As production gears up on the sequel, Mortal Kombat 2 has found four new cast members to play iconic characters, while also seemingly recasting an original movie star. Plot details are being kept under wraps for the video game movie sequel, which chronicles the journey of fighters chosen to protect the Earthrealm from the forces of the desolate Outworld. Mortal Kombat 2 will see the return of nearly all of its original cast, while also bringing in Karl Urban as Johnny Cage, Tati Gabrielle as Jade and Adeline Rudolph as Kitana.


Deadline has brought word that the cast for Mortal Kombat 2 is expanding with the additions of Martyn Ford, Desmond Chiam, Ana Thu Nguyen and Damon Herriman. Ford is set to play the iconic villain Shao Kahn, Herriman the similarly famous antagonist Quan Chi, Chiam as the Edenian King Jerrod and Nguyen as Queen Sindel. Interestingly, Herriman starred in the successful 2021 Mortal Kombat reboot as the voice of Kabal, potentially requiring a recasting of the character should he return, or a dual role for Herriman.

Why Mortal Kombat 2’s New Additions Are So Important

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Given Josh Lawson and Max Luang are said to be returning as Kano and Kung Lao for Mortal Kombat 2 in spite of their deaths in the original movie, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for Kabal to do the same, and with the character wearing a breathing mask to cover his face, it wouldn’t be hard to have Herriman play the two. That being said, the Justified alum’s new role in the sequel holds much bigger weight for both it and the franchise’s future, given Quan Chi’s status as one of Mortal Kombat‘s biggest villains.

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The additional inclusion of Shao Kahn proves a similarly interesting telling of how Mortal Kombat 2 will play out, seemingly confirming previously discussed plans for a trilogy in which the second movie is set at the tournament itself, as such leading to these various introductions. With the games seeing Shao Kahn and Quan Chi working together on multiple occasions, sometimes even with Shang Tsung, who was a major antagonist in the first movie, it would be interesting to see if the sequel follows suit and establishes the villainous trio as allies.

It will also be interesting to see how Mortal Kombat 2 elects to chronicle King Jerrod and Queen Sindel’s story. In the games, Jerrod was not much more than an element of backstory for Sindel and Kitana, having been killed after their realm was taken over by Shao Kahn and Sindel eventually becoming brainwashed after being revived by Shang Tsung. Chiam may not be a household name, but his casting in the sequel does raise the question of if Jerrod’s story will play out in a similarly tragic way and put Kitana and Sindel on their vengeful paths.

Source: Deadline

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