Chinese-Canadian actor Ludi Lin
is currently in negotiations with New Line Cinema
to play the role of Liu Kang
in “Mortal Kombat
,” its upcoming live-action version of the video game, Variety has learned.
Lin comes to the role fresh off the perfect warmup: He most recently played the kung fu ace Lance in the Season 5 “Black Mirror
” episode “Striking Vipers,” an Asian fighter within the world of an indisputably Mortal Kombat
-inspired videogame central to the story.
Liu Kang is one of the seven original characters introduced in the first “Mortal Kombat
” game, released in 1992 by Midway
. The plot of the new reboot is still unknown, but game centered on the story of Liu Kang, a Shaolin
monk with a resemblance to Bruce Lee
known for his flying kicks, who tries to save the Earth by fighting for supremacy in a tournament.New Line
’s 1995 film adaptation of the game was a critical bomb,