A couple of weeks ago, we reported that Dan Southworth of Power Rangers Time Force and Devil May Cry fame will be playing a character in the new season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. Warner Bros. has released more information on the cast and crew behind the second season with some good and bad surprises.
With a projected premiere of Q2 of 2013, we are starting to see the production of this series unfold. Some cast additions of note include Eric Jacobus of The Stunt People and star of Death Grip, who will be joining the ranks as Stryker. Eric has been producing his own amazing martial arts short films as well as feature-length films for over a decade with The Stunt People so I know for sure he’ll bring some kickass action to MK: Legacy. Another amazing martial artist who in my mind is severely underrated is Mark Dacascos, who will be playing Kung Lao, hands down my favorite character in all of Mortal Kombat. Seriously, knowing that Kung Lao will be in this at all makes me so hyped for it. The fact that Mark Dacascos will be playing the role just takes it to another level. And finally, an alumni of the MK franchise will be joining the cast and further authenticating this series. Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, who made the character of Shang Tsung infamous through his portrayal of the character in the original Mortal Kombat movie from 1995, will be reprising his role in Mortal Kombat: Legacy. It just doesn’t get much better than that. The only way I can see this being topped is if they somehow got Robin Shou to return as well as Lui Kang. Just….freaking Shang Tsung himself, man!
But, all of this good news comes with a price, and a big one in my eyes. Matt Mullins, who we know from Kamen Rider Dragon Knight and who also played the role of Johnny Cage in the first season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy, will not be returning as the martial arts action star. The role will be played by Casper Van Dien who played Johnny Rico in Starship Troopers. Now, I’ve never seen the movie all the way through so I don’t know how good he is as an actor. He’s probably really good for all I know. But the fact that Matt, who owned the character of Johnny Cage and was arguably the best part of the first season of this series, will not be back next year for the role is a giant blow for the show, in my opinion. I’m really happy and eager to see what comes of the show and cannot wait to see all of the new additions to the cast. I just can’t help but feel that Matt’s further involvement in the series would have made it that much more awesome. He’s the perfect actor to play the role as he is an amazing martial artist and pulled out all of the stops to portray his character as disrupted and tormented.
A clip of the new season is said to premiere at the 2013 Streamy Awards on Feb. 17, so hopefully we’ll get to see some of the new cast members in action.