Mortal Kombat 2: Release date, cast, & more

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The poster for Mortal Kombat

A Mortal Kombat 2 release date has officially been announced, which means more big screen Fatalities are on the way! Here’s the sequel’s cast, fun social media Easter eggs, and more.

Liu Kang shriekers and Johnny Cage nut-punchers rejoice; new movies in the Mortal Kombat franchise are in development.

With no shortage of brutal violence and foul language, the 2021 film earned its hard R rating, and early indications are director Simon McQuoid’s follow-up will be even more raw.

Here’s a round-up of the need-to-know Mortal Kombat 2 details.

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Mortal Kombat 2 release date

Mortal Kombat 2’s release date is Thursday, 24 October 2025 in US theaters.

Filming wrapped on January 21, 2024.

Mortal Kombat 2 cast

With Cole Young and most of his allies surviving the bloody chaos of the first movie, it’s unsurprising that almost all of the original cast is back for Mortal Kombat 2.

Mortal Kombat 2 cast:

  • Lewis Tan as Cole Young
  • Karl Urban as Johnny Cage
  • Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade
  • Mehcad Brooks as Jax
  • Chin Han as Shang Tsung
  • Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden
  • Ludi Lin as Liu Kang
  • Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion
  • Joe Taslim as Sub-Zero/Noob Saibot
  • Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn
  • Josh Lawson as Kano
  • Desmond Chiam as King Jerrod
  • Ana Thu Nguyen as Queen Sindel
  • Damon Herriman as Quan Chi
  • Tati Gabrielle as Jade
  • Adeline Rudolph as Kitana
  • Ana Thu Nguyen as Sindel
  • CJ Bloomfield as Baraka
  • Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn
Hiroyuki Sanada and Joe Taslim in Mortal Kombat.

Even though his character Scorpion was killed in the original, Hiroyuki Sanada is returning. He and his descendant Cole will likely rekindle their connection in the sequel.

Karl Urban has joined as Johnny Cage, while CJ Bloomfield will play another Mortal Kombat stalwart, Baraka.

Other confirmed franchise first-timers include Martyn Ford (Shao Kahn), Adeline Rudolph (Kitana), and Tati Gabrielle (Jade).

We’re yet to see any of Mortal Kombat 2’s debutants in costume, although producer Todd Garner recently shared a tantalizing glimpse at one fighter’s makeup. Garner posted a photo of a pasty hand protruding from a black sleeve on X. The hand’s owner remains a mystery, although it’s likely Damon Herriman’s Quan Chi.

What is the Mortal Kombat 2 plot?

There’s no official plot synopsis for Mortal Kombat 2. But signs point to it taking place during the tournament.

Greg Russo, who co-wrote Mortal Kombat 1, told Collider he sees the reboot as a trilogy with the first film set before the tournament, the second film set during, and the third set post-tournament.

Based on Mortal Kombat’s post-credits scene, the sequel’s plot could revolve around Cole’s search for Cage. Another candidate for Cole’s posse is Adeline Rudolph’s Kitana, who’s also confirmed to wield her signature bladed fans.

Will Cole, Johnny, Kitana, and the other Earthrealm heroes go head-to-head with franchise big bad himself, Shao Kahn in Mortal Kombat 2? Don’t rule it out. Not only is Martyn Ford onboard as Outworld’s tyrannical ruler, but his infamous “Wrath Hammer” will show up, too.

There’s also speculation that Mortal Kombat 2 will take place at least partly in the franchise’s answer to Hell, Netherrealm. This buzz is based on a set photo shared by Garner of a red-lit stone floor. While Garner’s snap doesn’t include any context, its terrain and hue have fans convinced it’s a Netherrealm location.

Is there a Mortal Kombat 2 trailer?

There is no trailer for Mortal Kombat 2. With the film releasing in October 2025, though, we’d expect a full trailer in mid-2025.

In a January 2024 X post, Garner confirmed a trailer would not be coming any time soon.

That’s all we know about Mortal Kombat 2. For other upcoming films, check out what we know about Avatar 3Deadpool 3, Gladiator 2, or Mission: Impossible 8. And for gaming, check out how to taunt in Mortal Kombat and how to do a Fatal Blow in Mortal Kombat.