Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) Poster


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A third Mortal Kombat film was going to be developed, called "Mortal Kombat: Devastation". Christopher Lambert, Linden Ashby, Adoni Maropis, Robin Shou, Chris Casamassa, Keith Cooke, and Lynn 'Red' Williams were hired to be in the cast as Lord Rayden, Johnny Cage, Quan Chi, Liu Kang, Scorpion, Sub-Zero, and Jax, respectively. Talisa Soto and Sandra Hess were in talks to reprise their respective roles of Princess Kitana and Lt. Sonya Blade. However, plans for a third film fell through and the film rights went to Warner Bros., which is planning a Mortal Kombat reboot.
Ray Park's first film role was as Rayden's fight double in this movie.
Michael Jai White was scheduled to play as Jax, but eventually he got the lead part in Spawn (1997) instead. He would eventually portray Jax in Mortal Kombat: Rebirth (2010) and Mortal Kombat: Legacy (2011).
Sheeva was meant to play a larger role in the film, even to the point of early scripts having a two-on-one fight of her versus Liu Kang and Rayden. However, budget limitations meant it would be prohibitively expensive to have a long fight-scene involving her, due to the amount of prosthetics and CGI needed to portray the character's extra limbs; thusly her role was cut down to a few brief scenes and lines, and her fight-scene was hastily changed to her death-scene instead.
Tony Jaa doubled for Robin Shou in quite a few stunt sequences.
For years, a third Mortal Kombat movie was being developed by New Line Cinema to atone for the poor reception to "Mortal Kombat: Annihilation". mink was hired to direct, and then Russell Mulcahy was hired to replace him. Sean Catherine Derek and Lawrence Kasanoff took turns writing the script, which would have had Johnny Cage resurrected to help the heroes against Quan Chi and a resurrected Shang Tsung. However, according to cast member Chris Casamassa, who would have reprised his role as Scorpion, production was halted when Hurricane Katrina destroyed most of the sets and the film ultimately never happened.
Quan Chi was going to appear in the climax of Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, but his scenes were cut from the final print. He still appears in some posters and international versions of the movie on laserdisc and DVD.
Thuy Trang auditioned for Jade but was turned down.
Linden Ashby was asked to return as Johnny Cage, but turned it down after reading the script.
Both Deron McBee (Motaro) and Lynn 'Red' Williams (Jax) are former American Gladiators (1989), and they have a fight scene in this film together.
James Remar, who plays Rayden, is left-handed, as is his stunt double Ray Park.
Due to scheduling and money various of the actors and stuntmen had to do several roles. Examples are Ray Park who did two roles (Raptor, Tarkatan) and stunt work, J.J. Perry who did two roles (Scorpion, Cyrax) and stunt work and Dennis Keiffer, John Medlen, Dana Hee, Tyrone Wiggins, Keith Cooke an Ridley Tsui who all had a credited acting part and a stunt credit.
Lynn 'Red' Williams replaced Gregory McKinney as Jax due to McKinney's health problems.
Dana Hee, who plays Mileena, was Kitana's stunt double in the previous film. In the game's storyline, Mileena is actually a clone of Kitana raised as her sister.
James Remar apparently auditioned for Rayden. Christopher Lambert was apparently interested in reprising Rayden but was committed to Beowulf (1999) at the time.
Paul W.S. Anderson did not return for this film - he chose to work on Event Horizon (1997) instead.
Chris Casamassa was to reprise his role as Scorpion, but he was committed to do stunt work in Batman & Robin (1997).
Though Musetta Vander and Talisa Soto play mother (Sindel) and daughter (Kitana) respectively, in the real life the actresses are only four years apart in age.
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras was offered to reprise the role of Sonya Blade, but then turned it down for a role in I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997).
Although popular characters from the video games, like Mileena and Noob Saibot appear in the film, they are never mentioned by name.
The red ninja, Ermac, is played by the film's stunt co-ordinator, John Medlen.
Kitana and Mileena are not twins because Mileena has blue eyes, but Kitana are brown eyes.
In both Mortal Kombat movies, Johnny Cage's sunglasses break. Goro crushes the first set, and in the second movie, his second set break when trying to do a shadow kick against Khan.
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Liu Kang's animality is to change into a dragon during the final kombat against Khan. Liu Kang changing into a dragon and biting off the top half of the opponent's body is one of his finishing moves in the second video game for the Sega Genesis.
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Kabal and Stryker are video game combatants and are mentioned by name, but never made a physical appearance.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Despite the fact that Robin Shou (Liu Kang) and Talisa Soto (Kitana) reprised their roles from the first film, the roles of the other characters are portrayed by different actors. The only other actor to return was Keith Cooke (Reptile in the first film), as Sub-Zero.

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