You probably have heard that WB bosses gave a green light to Kevin Tancharoen to film the next Mortal Kombat movie, which is going to be released in 2013. So I decided to make my list of martial artists, who can play characters in upcoming martial arts movie. I wanted to be down to earth picking up martial artists for one or another character, because there is no chances to get Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen or Jet Li into MK, moreover on my opinion it is a good opportunity for new martial artists to star and promote themselves in the film industry.
Japanom Yeerum was born on February 5, 1976, in the northeastern province of Surin, Thailand. His parents were elephant herders. Jaa watched martial arts films as a young kid and began to emulate some of his idols, from Bruce Lee
to Jackie Chan
to Jet Li
. Jaa studied martial arts...
“ Liu Kang ” - budomate
Michael Jai White
Michael Jai White is an American actor and martial artist who has appeared in numerous films and television series. He is the first African American to portray a major comic book superhero in a major motion picture, having starred as Al Simmons, the protagonist in the 1997 film Spawn. White portrayed Jax Briggs in Mortal Kombat: Legacy...
“ Jax Briggs ” - budomate
Darren Shahlavi started his training at the age of 7. He traveled to Hong Kong where he began his movie career, mostly as an actor, stunt double and later as a villain in the early 1990s. Later he made the step from Hong Kong to Western cinema. His resume is growing and now he has had the opportunity to be a good guy...
“ Kano ” - budomate
From his humble beginnings of watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Matt Mullins has risen to become world renown in martial arts, and as a star in the CW4Kids show "Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight". With 5 martial art world titles in hand, Matt moved from Naperville, IL to Hollywood and quickly began booking national spots for top brands such as Nike...
“ Johnny Cage ” - budomate
Scott Edward Adkins was born on June 17, 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England, into a family that for generations were butchers. Along with his elder brother Craig, he was raised by their parents, John and Janet (Sanders) Adkins, in a loving middle-class family. Scott attended Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in Sutton Coldfield...
“ Scorpion ” - budomate
Jon Foo is an artist working in Los Angeles. He was born in London where he studied art and design at Harrow collage, focusing on Product design, sculpture and fine art. Jon had many part time jobs and eventually began a career as an acrobat after being talent scouted at a local open training gym. Jon...
“ Sub-zero ” - budomate
Johnny left Vietnam at the age of 8, uncertain of what destination lied ahead. As a boy, he already loved Hong Kong cinema. Johnny would soon start training in martial arts and now has over 18 years of experience in Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Japanese Aikido. Johnny is now also an expert in Wushu, which he does for over 10 years. Johnny has won a gold medal from Pan America Form and Sword...
“ Kung Lao ” - budomate
Marrese Crump was born on January 4th, 1982 in Lakeland, Florida. Grew up as an athlete,participating in the sports of basketball, football, track and martial arts. He started his training at the age of 7 when his brother introduced him to Master Kim-Jae. Marrese has studied Muay Thai, Capoeira, Western boxing, Tae Kwon Do and Filipino Martial Arts...
“ Baraka ” - budomate
Nathan Jones rose upon the world strongman scene in 1995 and showed promise to become perhaps the top competitor in the world. At 6' 11" and 360 lbs., the giant Australian known as Megaman was an imposing sight and used his great size and strength to place high in the World Musclepower Championships...
“ Goro ” - budomate
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was born in Victoria, Texas, as Steven James Anderson, on December 18, 1964, the youngest of five children. His mother, Beverly Jane (Harrison), remarried to Kenneth Williams, and he took his stepfather's surname. He played football at the North Texas State University. He was worthy of achieving a free education because of his football skills in school...
“ Motaro ” - budomate
“ Shang Tsung ” - budomate
David Michael Bautista, Jr. was born on January 18, 1969 in Washington, D.C., to Donna Raye (Mullins) and David Michael Bautista. His father is Filipino, and his mother has Greek ancestry. When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Bautista pushed himself to achieve his dream of being a Superstar...
“ Shao Kahn ” - budomate
Gina Joy Carano was born under a tornado warning in Dallas, Texas, to parents Dana Joy (Cason) and Glenn Thomas Carano. Her father played for the Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys as a backup quarterback for Roger Staubach and Danny White from 1977-1983. In 1984, he was the starting quarterback for the USFL Pittsburgh Maulers...
“ Sonya Blade ” - budomate
“ Kitana ” - budomate
“ Mileena ” - budomate
Ron Smoorenburg is mainly known for the end fight in Jackie Chan's 'Who am I?', 1998 Ron worked with the best action stars and directors known today and developed himself in the last 18 years as an actor which with a versatile and experienced action background. He got a main part as the Commander...
“ Reiko ” - budomate
Born in California, he is half Japanese and half Chinese. He began his training in martial arts at the age of one and a half. Since moving to Japan at the age of 18, he has done numerous movies and TV shows becoming one of the nation's most popular and recognizable talents. He has worked with some of the action movie greats including Jackie Chan, Jet Li and Jean-Claude Van Damme.
“ Fujin ” - budomate
“ Reptile ” - budomate
Raised in South Central Los Angeles, James Lew's destiny was to answer a cattle call in Hollywood for the hugely popular Kung Fu
television series. He went on to star in the now collectible Hong Kong film, Young Dragon
. He made the move to big budget studio films in 1984. John Carpenter
handpicked him as the Martial Arts Choreographer for 20th Century Fox's now cult film...
“ Shujinko ” - budomate
Cung Le made his first appearance on the professional M.M.A. stage in 2006, and shortly after won the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship in 2008, setting high standards through his powerful kicks, skillful strikes, and well-timed take-downs. This U.S.-Viet Namese champion, actor, producer and action director is a household name in many parts of East Asia and is equally adored in Hollywood...
“ Noob Saibot ” - budomate
Silvio Simac exudes THE "S" Factor - Skill, Speed, Stamina, Strength and Sex appeal. He is the champion among men - a World Gold Medalist. Personal Trainer , Fight / Stunt Choreographer and an Actor with a physique of an Adonis, sultry looks and a degree in Business Economics to boot! He has achieved the pinnacle as an athlete by becoming Taekwon-do World Gold Medalist...
“ Nightwolf ” - budomate
Born in Cambodia and raised in Long Beach, California, D.Y. started learning martial arts on his own at the age of seven by imitating Jet Li and Jackie Chan. At 21 he was introduced to Chinese martial arts at the Southern California Wushu Academy eventually earning numerous medals and honors including the national Wushu title...
“ Rain ” - budomate