Mortal Kombat heads back to the big (and small) screen this Spring, with the release of Warner Bros.' latest adaptation of the beloved video game. On Friday, the studio released the first photos from the film, including shots of fan-favorite characters Sub-Zero (pictured), Liu Kang, Sonya Blade, Jax, Kano, Kung Lao and Scorpion ... before his supernatural transformation.
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In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Simon McQuoid revealed the movie is "definitely not gonna get a PG-13 rating," thanks to the bloody fight set-pieces and, yes, infamous fatalities. "We had a lot of discussions about getting the balance right so there was gore and there was blood and there were fatalities ... and there is gore, blood, and fatalities." Pictured: Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade and Josh Lawson as Kano.
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"There are some crazy fatalities," added Lewis Tan (pictured), who plays new character Cole Young, an MMA fighter with secret links Outworld. "We've picked a couple of iconic ones. There's a lot of really cool signature moves that you'll see, a lot of Easter eggs that we snuck into the film, but there are some really badass fatalities that I can't wait to see on the big screen. They're brutal, man. They, they don't hold back."
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Cole has a "mysterious birthmark" on his chest in the shape of the MK dragon -- and is on the run from Sub-Zero, who Shang Tsung sent to him him down. Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade (Jessica McNamee) at the direction of Jax (Mehcad Brooks, pictured), a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with.
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Raider grants sanctuary to those with the mark and Cole trains with warriors Liu Kang and Kung Lao (Ludi Lin and Max Huang, pictured) and mercenary Kano (Josh Lawson) before a high stakes battle for the universe against the enemies of Outworld. Though she's not pictured, Mileena will also appear in the film -- daggers and all -- and is played by Sisi Stringer.
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Pictured: Liu Kang and Kung Lao (Ludi Lin and Max Huang)
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EW reports the movie will begin with a 10-minute sequence set in feudal Japan, revolving around the long-simmering "blood feud" between the Hanzo and Bi-Han clans. While Bi-Han (Joe Taslim) will eventually become Sub-Zero and Hanzo (Hiroyuki Sanada) transforms into Scorpion, the open will show them as humans in "pretty nasty hand-to-hand combat."