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Mortal Kombat Movie Begins Filming
Writer shares photos as filming begins!

Production for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot has officially begun in South Australia! Monday local time marked the first day of principal photography on Simon McQuoid's directorial debut and writer Greg Russo has let fans share the monumentous occasion with behind the scenes photos.

A photograph of the first clapboard on set, emblazoned with the Mortal Kombat branding and dragon logo, captures an exciting milestone for the movie, which won't reach theatres until 2021. It's one of several photos Greg Russo has shared to social media in the last week.

Also pictured with the writer are stars Joe Taslim (Sub-Zero), Mehcad Brooks (Jax), and Lewis Tan, whose role in the film is yet to be confirmed.

Tan has been sharing his own photos, including a snapshot of himself sitting cross legged on training mats while wearing a harness. He compared the experience to childhood visits to sets where his father Philip Tan worked as a stunt co-ordinator. It doesn't offer many clues about his character, but he has also shared a clip showing some fancy sword work.

The path to Mortal Kombat's theatrical return has been long. Are you excited to see it becoming a reality? Share your thoughts in the comments below and join all the news and discussion in the Media & Merchandise forum!

Pro Kompetition: Ninjakilla Wins DreamHack Montreal
Another Liu Kang wins in September!

A one week turnaround took the Mortal Kombat 11 Pro Kompetition from across the pond -- back to North America for DreamHack Montreal! The travel seemed to shake things up as another fresh name was etched in the list of 2019 tournament winners!

Watch: Top 16 | Top 8 | Grand Final

Ninjakilla_212 had to face down the demon who beat him twice at CEO 2019 earlier this year. That was the only other offline title won by Evo World Champion SonicFox, but history wasn't weighing on Ninjakilla! He used Krushing Blows to devastating effect, keeping cool under hit-or-miss pressure against D'Vorah, and dominating Jax!

It's the second tournament in a row to see SonicFox unstuck in the final by a skilled Liu Kang player, but it hasn't been all one way! The prior week's Celtic Throwdown winner Rewind found himself bundled out of the second chance Loser's Bracket early by SonicFox in a 2-1 grudge match.

Ninjakilla_212's title win bolsters his place in the Top 16 League Ranks, but he remains 60pts behind Rewind, who did enough at equal ninth to remain in the Top 8. Strong finishes for Deoxys, Kevoxreborn, Dragon, and Hayatei keep familiar names in the upper ranks. Check out the final points scorers below and the latest league rank update!

DreamHack Montreal Top 16 Finalists & Points Scorers:
#1 NinjaKilla_212 (Liu Kang)
#2 SonicFox (D'Vorah, Jax, Cassie Cage)
#3 Deoxys (Geras)
#4 Kevoxreborn (Sonya Blade, Jacqui Briggs, Kung Lao, Scorpion)
#5 GunShow (Jax)
#5 Dragon (Cetrion, Kitana)
#7 DizzyTT (Sonya Blade, Liu Kang)
#7 Hayatei (Erron Black)
#9 A F0xy Grampa (Shang Tsung, Kung Lao)
#9 Scar (Sonya Blade, Scorpion, Kung Lao)
#9 Grr (Geras)
#9 Rewind (Liu Kang)
#13 DJT (Baraka, Geras)
#13 Phoenix (Scorpion)
#13 HoneyBee (Cassie Cage, Noob Saibot)
#13 Coach Steve (Jacqui Briggs)
#17 Semiij
#17 BeyondToxin
#17 Sooneo
#17 KingGambler
#17 Daddy
#17 Ludi
#17 BigD
#17 Tweedy
#25 Station
#25 TheMightyUnjust
#25 Biohazard
#25 ForeverKing
#25 Curbolicious
#25 Nivek
#25 Jer
#25 FluxWaveZ

A podium finish for Deoxys thrust him into the top half, trailing Hayatei who narrowly secured his fifth place. Kevoxreborn's second Top 8 finish for the year reinserted him back into the hunt. DJT notably did enough to keep his guardianship of the 16th rung, keeping Grr and VideoGamezYo at bay with only two more North American Premier Events left in 2019!

Pro Kompetition: Top 16 Series Rankings:
#1 SonicFox (1810pts)
#2 Dragon (1285pts)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (1040pts)
#4 Tekken Master (820pts)
#5 Hayatei (730pts)
#6 Deoxys (695pts)
#7 Rewind (660pts)
#8 Tweedy (640pts)
#9 Ninjakilla_212 (600pts)
#10 Scar (555pts)
#11 DizzyTT (480pts)
#12 Semiij (415pts)
#13 Kevoxreborn (330pts)
#14 Kombat (325pts)
#15 Big D (240pts)
#16 DJT (215pts)

The third online tournament of the year will open competition up to Europe next week, September 14th. Then the Pro Kompetition goes to Sao Paulo for a recently added Premier stop at the Brasil Game Show on October 12th-13th! Follow Pro Kompetition progress on MK Online and share your reactions below in the comments and Toasty thumbs up! Find more discussion on the Gameplay & Matchmaking and Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Pro Kompetition: Rewind Takes Celtic Throwdown
When the crowd says Liu - selecta!

Kombat returned to Europe as the MK11 Pro Kompetition took the tour to Ireland for the first follow-up to Evo! Celtic Throwdown brought many of the league's best across the pond, putting increased pressure on the local talent as points were scooped by the US special forces!

Watch: Top 8 | Grand Final

Playing away didn't diminish the efforts of three of America's best as they swept the podium positions across the August/September weekend. Curtis "Rewind" McCall stepped up in a big way to show his Liu Kang is a force to be reckoned with, recovering from a loss to Evo World Champion Sonic Fox, in order to claim his first MK11 title!

SonicFox played with D'Vorah at this tournament, frustrating rival Dragon on the way to the final battle. Dragon had a lot to contend with this tournament, including Europe's best finishing fighter VideoGamezYo, who was dropped into the second chance bracket by Dragon in the pools stage, but fought his way back for a an unsuccessful rematch in the "loser's" Semi Final! Dragon was also responsible for keeping Bahrain's excitement machine Tekken Master from performing better.

VideoGamezYo's run ended with a disappointing 3-0 grudge bout, but his determination along the way claimed fellow Brit, A F0xy Grampa, and Viennality winner Hayatei! He was rewarded with enough points to break into the Top 16 League Ranks! Scroll through the final 25 points getters to see where the league rankings stand after the September 1st update!

Celtic Throwdown Top 16 Finalists & Points Scorers:
#1 Rewind (Liu Kang)
#2 SonicFox (D'Vorah)
#3 Dragon (Cetrion)
#4 VideoGamezYo (Shao Kahn, Jax)
#5 A F0xy Grampa (Kung Lao, Shang Tsung, Sub-Zero)
#5 Tekken Master (Sonya Blade, Geras)
#7 Hayatei (Erron Black)
#7 DizzyTT (Sonya Blade, Liu Kang, Cassie Cage)
#9 HoneyBee (D'Vorah, Noob Saibot)
#9 Durpey (Kung Lao)
#9 Nivek (Kabal)
#9 Grr (Geras)
#13 Nubcakes (Jacqui Briggs)
#13 Biohazard (Baraka)
#13 Zoro (Baraka)
#13 dubasik (Jade)
#17 Majin_Weeaboo
#17 HappyPow
#17 Rustyb4nana
#17 Boki
#17 AWP
#17 UsedForGlue
#17 Xarakamaka
#17 1man3letters
#25 Yammini
#25 Mister_Misky
#25 Masher
#25 Mr 5000
#25 Aixy
#25 Wailingmoonman
#25 Themata
#25 Fabz

The North American West online event also took place August 17th, distributing reduced points to Rewind. 2nd Phoenix, 3rd DJT, 4th Han Rashid, and more. The one-two punch of online and offline crowns put Rewind deep into the chase just 10pts behind the sixth rank! VideoGamezYo's upstart performance scored him 200pts for coming fourth in Dublin, putting him into the overall Top 16 just ahead of DJT!

Pro Kompetition: Top 16 Series Rankings:
#1 SonicFox (1555pts)
#2 Dragon (1145pts)
#3 A F0xy Grampa (1000pts)
#4 Tekken Master (820pts)
#5 Hayatei (660pts)
#6 Tweedy (630pts)
#7 Rewind (620pts)
#8 Scar (515pts)
#9 Deoxys (465pts)
#10 DizzyTT (410pts)
#11 Semiij (405pts)
#12 Kombat (325pts)
#13 Ninjakilla_212 (250pts)
#14 Big D (230pts)
#15 VideoGamezYo (200pts)
#16 DJT (195pts)

Dreamhack Montreal brings the battle back to North America on September 6th-8th, but as the title tips it'll be a frosty face-off in Canada! Track more updates by following the Pro Kompetition on MK Online and share your reactions in the comments below. Find more in the Gameplay & Matchmaking and Mortal Kombat 11 forum!

Mortal Kombat 11 Player Appreciation Week Koming Soon
MK11 player appreciation begins next week!

Thanks to live online modes Mortal Kombat 11 is a living, breathing experience -- and that might just have something to do with Player Appreciation Week starting next week! NetherRealm promises the "most wanted gooes are on the horizon" and it isn't just limited to console games!

Fans who play Mortal Kombat Mobile will be able to check their MK Mobile inbox every day to find special rewards for Fan Appreciation Week! This is in addition to the impending arrival of Kabal, who'll be available through early access purchase options on Thursday, September 12th.

The Kabal Elder Challenge will begin for MK Mobile on October 3rd. He joins other Mortal Kombat 11 playable characters, including Scorpion, Raiden, Jade, and Sub-Zero. Mortal Kombat Mobile is free-to-play from Apple Store and Google Play.

Speed dash into the comments below to discuss Kabal's arrival for MK Mobile and tell us all about all about your Fan Appreciation Week! Jump into the Mortal Kombat 11 for more discussion about MK11 and MK Mobile!

Mortal Kombat Movie Casts Scorpion & Shang Tsung
Two major roles filled for movie reboot.

As the start of photography draws near for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot, two more major roles from the original game's lineup have been filled! A new report reveals Scorpion and Shang Tsung have joined the growing cast.

Variety has the scoop on the major casting news, revealing Singaporean actor Chin Han will play Shang Tsung, and Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada will become Scorpion. Both actors will be familiar faces to fans familiar with neighbouring genre cinema.

Chin Han and Hiroyuki Sanada (via Variety)

Hiroyuki Sanada has become a recurring character actor in Hollywood since appearing in 1998 supernatural Japanese thriller Ring. He appeared in various featured martial arts roles in The Last Samurai, The Wolverine, and 47 Ronin, and recently appeared as Musashi in HBO's Westworld. He was also memorable as Captain Kaneda in cult sci-fi thriller Sunshine, and opposed Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye as a mob boss in Avengers: Endgame.

Chin Han became part of the zeitgeist with his appearance as mob accountant Lau in Christopher Nolan's definitive 2008 superhero epic The Dark Knight. He more recently featured as Togusa in the controversial live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell.

Shang Tsung was the architect of the Shaolin tournament in the original Mortal Kombat video game plot, gathering various martial artists to his island for a tournament to decide the fate of Earthrealm. Scorpion was an interloper seeking vengeance from beyond the grave against competitor Sub-Zero, to be played by Joe Taslim.

How much of these original plots will be retained in the big screen adaptation remains to be seen. At 58 years old, Hiroyuki Sawada is notably senior to much of the cast, and typical depictions of Hanzo Hasashi (aka; Scorpion). The 1995 feature film directed by Paul Anderson infamously recast Scorpion and Sub-Zero as 'slaves under Shang Tsung's power'.

[Related Video: Paul Anderson on Mortal Kombat & Adapting Video Game Mythology]

Today's news comes on the back of reported casting of Kano and Sonya Blade. The recent additions join Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Tadanobu Asano as Raiden, Mehcad Brooks as Jax, and more. Simon McQuoid directs his first feature, with filming to begin in Australia next month.

What do you think of the latest addition of these two major characters? Share your thoughts in the comments below and follow all the news & discussion on the Media & Merchandise forum!