Lead actors Mark Dacascos and Brian Tee will not be reprising their Mortal Kombat: Legacy II roles as Kung Lao & Liu Kang. Dacascos confirmed the departures via Twitter, sharing his upbeat hopes for incoming director Garrett Warren, "... Garrett and team will make it amazing."
When compared to its revolutionary predecessor; Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season II came and went relatively quickly. That hasn't prevented the pioneering Warner Bros. online series receiving acknowledgment, with multiple Streamy Award nominations announced today.
Mortal Kombat is nominated across several genre and technical categories, including awards for: Drama, Directing and Visual and Special Effects. Star Brian Tee has been singled out for his role as an uncharacteristically conflicted incarnation of Liu Kang.
The 4th Annual Streamy Awards will be announced online on September 4th, with a live ceremony to follow September 7th. Sixteen of the top awards will be presented during the live event, sponsored by Coca-Cola.
The second season of Mortal Kombat: Legacy is gearing up for a much anticipated September debut! The show held court at this years San Diego Comic Con -- hyping up fans with a glimpse of what's to come at a special live panel [full story].
Promotional posters from the con are already fetching a pretty penny on eBay, but thanks to a little Photoshop magic from fans, you can get a clear look at the banner for free:
We've never had the pleasure of meeting Brian Tee in person, but for all intents and purposes, he seems like a real swell guy! Whilst attending San Diego Comic Con for the Mortal Kombat: Legacy II live panel [full story], he helped keep Mortal Kombat Online [@MK_Online] in the loop via Twitter (@Brian_Tee).
Here are some of the snaps he shared live from the event [plus one from Ed]!
With a previously released schedule putting the debut some time in September; Thursday's Mortal Kombat: Legacy II panel was unlikely to reveal all the secrets fans are waiting for. That said, San Diego Comic Con would still deliver plenty of talking points with a general trailer, and special previews.
Legacy Director Kevin Tancharoen headed the Comic Con panel, opposite stars; Brian Tee (Liu Kang), Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage), Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion), and Samantha Jo (Kitana). They were joined by Producer Lance Sloane and Machinima Executive VP of Network Programming: Aaron DeBevoise.
The main event was footage featuring a brutal three-way dance between Johnny Cage, Mileena & Kitana. It clearly addressed concerns about the quality of action seen in the first series, but would come with a qualifier almost in contrast to its content.
By all accounts, "fatality" was the word of the day at the SDCC panel, but as Polygon inferred (from their interview with the director), the messages were slightly mixed. Legacy II may be keen to sell you murderous finishing moves taken from the games, but Tancharoen insists that won't come at the cost of storytelling, or a projected Season 3.
Mortal Kombat: Legacy Season II is the follow-up to the 2011 live-action series directed by Kevin Tancharoen. With the debut trailer released back in February, the series can finally look forward to a confirmed premiere in September!
Legacy II star Mark Dacascos leaked the schedule through a Facebook update posted to his official fan account. The cast and crew were treated to a special screening of the series, last night. Brian Tee and Casper Van Dien were also in attendance and shared photos via Twitter.
Top Row [Left to Right]: Brian Tee, Ian Anthony Dale, Kevin Tancharoen, Casper Van Dien, Eric Jacobus, John Wusah Bottom Row: Samantha Jo, Michelle Lee, Mark Dacascos. Source: @CasperVanDien
If you thought the arrival of Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2 was going to be another examination of the classic martial arts hero - you'd be dead wrong.
Director Kevin Tancharoen has made a steady habit of veering wildly from the source material, but according to star and MK familiar, Brian Tee, that's ultimately exactly what attracted him to the role.
In a recent interview with Nerd Reactor, the Liu Kang actor discussed his journey into the all new, all different world of Mortal Kombat: Legacy. A journey that - much like Liu Kang's - started with a certain amount trepidation.
Kevin Tancharoen and members of the cast were live at the 2013 Streamy Awards to present the debut trailer for the Warner Brothers web-first seres: Mortal Kombat Legacy II [watch & discuss]! They stuck around to share a few words - streaming from The Streamys YouTube channel, of course.
Flanked by Casper Van Dien (Johnny Cage), Ian Anthony Dale (Scorpion) & Brian Tee (Liu Kang); the series director discussed developing technologies, the digital medium and how that has fed the development of a Mortal Kombat feature film [more].
Response to the trailer has been wide and supportive. Creative Director and co-creator of the series, Ed Boon, had nice things to say in the lead to the Streamy debut:
Just saw the trailer for Mortal Kombat Legacy 2. Looks fantastic! Kenshi, Liu Kang & Cary Tagawa returns as Shang Tsung! Debuts this Sunday!— Ed Boon (@noobde) February 15, 2013