Stuntman Max Huang is Playing Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat

This rising actor is joining the fight in the upcoming film being produced by James Wan.

By Jay Gervais

Combatants might want to make way for actor Max Huang, who is confirmed to be playing the role of Kung Lao in the upcoming James Wan-produced Mortal Kombat film. We speculated that perhaps actor Lewis Tan was stepping into this role, but it looks as though we’re forced to go back to the guessing game. Thus far, all we know for sure is that Tan is playing a lead character in the new movie. Undoubtedly, we’ll learn of his character’s identity in due time.

In any case, Huang definitely looks like he’ll fit the part of Kung Lao quite nicely. This rising star is primarily known, at least for now, for his stunt work on films like Kingsman: The Secret Service and Hitman: Agent 47, along with appearing in a numerous Hong Kong films featuring actor Jackie Chan. If all goes well, the upcoming Mortal Kombat should prove to be a big break for Huang.


Plot details are currently under wraps. The cast of the new film includes Lewis Tan (Wu Assassins, Deadpool 2) as a yet-to-be revealed lead character, Jessica McNamee (The Meg) as Sonya Blade, Josh Lawson (House of Lies) as Kano, Chin Han (The Dark Knight, Marco Polo) as Shang Tsung, Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine, Ringu) as Scorpion, Ludi Lin (Black Mirror, 2017’s Power Rangers) as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano (Ichi the Killer, Zatoichi) as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl, True Blood) as Jax, Sisi Stringer as Mileena, and Joe Taslim (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6) as Sub-Zero.

Simon McQuoid is directing a screenplay written by Greg Russo (Highwaymen) and leading the creative effort alongside James Wan (Saw). Joining them as executive producers are Larry Kasanoff (Mortal Kombat, True Lies), E. Bennett Walsh (Men in Black: International, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Michael Clear (The Nun, Lights Out), and Sean Robins (Playing with Fire, Tag). Also producing is Todd Garner.

Production on the new Mortal Kombat film is now underway in South Australia with an expected release date of March 5th, 2021. We’ll be sure to keep you posted on the new movie as we learn more about it right here on Dead Entertainment.

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Jay Gervais

From small town to big city and back again, Jay was born and raised in Canada and has lived his whole life there. He’s always ready to cut down any misconceptions his American friends have of life in the great white north. He’s also no stranger to this kind of community, and has plenty of experience under his bed. He enjoys all kinds of horror entertainment, as long as it’s got the heart and soul to it. When he’s not doing something here, he can be found at his post at the night’s watch, or knee deep into his school studies.