Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season 2 Official Cast Announcements/First Set Pic + Comprehensive Cast Roster [UPDATED]
We can finally put some rumors and our internal fears to rest seeing as how Warner Bros. have officially announced some of the talent that will be rounding out the cast for season 2 of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. As you may recall, last week saw a huge wave of info hit as the series began production, some of which included key cast members not returning while completely new faces joined the project. Now WB has announced some old faces will return to the world of Mortal Kombat once more alongside with some rather exciting new talent.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 will be going old-school in a sense as actor Cary Tagawa will reprise his role of Shang Tsung. Portraying the villainous character in the first Mortal Kombat movie, Cary has essentially become the standard when it comes to how Shang Tsung should be portrayed and I’m thrilled to see he’s set to return to the MK world.
As cool as it would be to see Robin Shou reprise the role of Liu Kang, that’s an honor that will be going to actor Brian Tee. Film goers may recognize Brian from films such as The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift in which he played D.K., along with his appearance in TV shows such as Grimm. I’ll admit that Brian may look more like a badass than I would expect Liu Kang to look like, but I’m confident he’ll bring a nice balance to the character.
On the topic of who will be replacing Johnny Cage we do have an update on that matter as WB revealed that actor Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) will be playing the once popular action star. Providing a Johnny that will likely be a bit older than past iterations, Casper is a cool dude but I’m somewhat disappointed with this casting decision. Again, I have nothing against Casper since he seems like a humbled dude that enjoys making movies, but I think it’ll be obvious that we won’t see Johnny partake in that many battles, at least compared to any verbal smackdowns he may dish out.
Casper Van Dien
Fans of martial arts cinema should flip out upon hearing that the legendary Mark Dacascos (Drive) will portray Kung Lao in MK: Legacy. The involvement of Kung Lao in season 2 hasn’t been laid out, but the fact that Mark is portraying the character is amazing news since he’s a superb actor and martial artist. Seriously, if you haven’t seen Mark in action before then I suggest you check out "Brotherhood of the Wolf" or "China Strike Force" since he’s amazing in both flicks.
Actor Harry Shum Jr. will no doubt give Ian Anthony Dale a bit of trouble within season 2 of Legacy as he’ll be playing Kuai Liang, the man that we better know as the younger brother of Sub-Zero. Harry may seem like an unlikely choice to play such a key character, though I have a feeling we’ll be surprised by what he delivers in the project.
Actor Harry Shum Jr. and director Kevin Tancharoen on the set of MK: Legacy Season 2
Additional cast details have yet to be disclosed on the remaining characters so we’ll have to wait for vague Tweets or official announcements to be issued. Besides the cast shakeup that went down, some behind the camera changes have occurred such as production company Goldtooth Creative not returning. Responsible for creating the effects, music, and essentially shooting season 1 of the series, Goldtooth has been replaced by the Bandito Brothers - a small firm based out of L.A. who have done effects for films such as Act of Valor. Consider me a bit disappointed at the lack of more Goldtooth goodness since they did an amazing job with a modest budget and small time window; just watch the Cyrax & Sektor episode for proof.
Season 2 of MK: Legacy will once again air on Machinima in the second quarter of 2013 so it’s still a ways off from airing. However, we won’t have to wait too long to see how things are shaping up as a teaser video will be released at the Streamy Awards in February.
On the heels of the announcement from WB, MK: Legacy Action Choreographer Larnell Stovall has revealed that actor Eric Jacobus has landed the role of Stryker. Originally played in S1 by Tahmoh Penikett (Battlestar Galactica, Dollhouse), Eric will now take over the role in Season 2.
Coming from a martial artist/stunt background, it'll be interesting to see what Eric does with the role and how integral Stryker is in the overall plot of the series.
Larnell also revealed that Michelle Lee will assume the role of Mileena in Season 2. Michelle also comes from a martial arts background so I'm sure she'll be able to deliver a thrilling performance when she's up against Sam Tjhia (Princess Kitana).
Here’s an updated comprehensive list of the cast of Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2 as well as who isn’t returning to the project.
Ian Anthony Dale as Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion
Sam Tjhia as Princess Kitana
Darren Shahlavi as Kano
Harry Shum Jr. as Kuai Liang/Sub-Zero 2
Cary Tagawa as Shang Tsung
Brian Tee as Liu Kang
Mark Dacascos as Kung Lao
Casper Van Dien as Johnny Cage
Eric Jacobus as Stryker
Michelle Lee as Mileena
Matt Mullins (Johnny Cage)
Tahmoh Penikett (Kurtis Stryker)
Jeri Ryan (Sonya Blade)
Jolene Tran (Mileena)
New Cast Members
Dan Southworth as unknown character
John Wusah as unknown character
Characters Set To Appear In Season 2