Mortal Kombat movie casts Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero

Mortal Kombat movie casts The Raid star Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero.
Sub-Zero; Joe Taslim. Photo credit: Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment / Netflix

Action movie star Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub-Zero in Mortal Kombat, the upcoming movie being adapted from the hit game series.

The Indonesian actor and martial artist has starred in films including The Raid, Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond and The Night Comes For Us.

The original Mortal Kombat was first released in arcades in 1992 and was a hit with fighting game fans for its combat mechanics, exotic mythology and extreme violence.

It went on to become one of the most successful game franchises of all time, with the latest iteration - Mortal Kombat 11 - being released in April 2019.

James Wan, one of the filmmakers who launched the Saw franchise and went on to direct Aquaman, is producing the new Mortal Kombat film, which is set to be filmed in southern Australia later this year before being released in 2021.

The Night Comes For Us star Joe Taslim has been cast as Sub-Zero in the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie.
Joe Taslim in The Night Comes For Us. Photo credit: Netflix

Taslim is the first casting announcement, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, and Sub-Zero is one of the most iconic characters in the franchise. Fans will be eagerly looking forward to finding out who will play the other original characters - Raiden, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sonya Blade, Johnny Cage and Kano.

Mortal Kombat was previously adapted for the big screen in a 1995 film of the same name, with sequel Mortal Kombat: Annihilation released in 1997.