Actor Joe Taslim was the first publicly confirmed casting for the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie reboot, and the actor recently joined The Art of Action to discuss his career, MK, and his thoughts on a new live-action Johnny Cage. Read on for details and video:

Johnny Cage has been notably absent from all official materials released since the casting of Taslim. The movie's screenwriter recently responded to questions about the fan-favourite, ambiguously noting no character has been "forgotten" or "replaced". The quote doesn't directly address his current status, leaving the door open to future appearances.

The Sub-Zero actor added fuel to speculation that Johnny Cage won't appear in the April release when he expressed a desire to see Art of Action host, and experienced martial artist and stunt actor, Scott Adkins (Doctor Strange, Ip Man 4) play the role: "... if we have the sequel, I really hope that you'll be a part of it. I really hope that they have to call you, and... Well, this is me, this is only my opinion, but I really hope that you can play Johnny Cage in it."

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A first-look preview and official synopsis for the movie have confirmed significant changes to established plot and characters from the long-running game series, including the introduction of a newly created lead protagonist: Cole Young.

Johnny Cage first appeared in the original Mortal Kombat in 1992, remaining a stalwart of the gaming series right through to its most recent installment. His journey has taken him from the MK Shaolin Tournament and fighting Outworld's invasion of Earth, to the ranks of the Special Forces Outer World Investigation Agency.

The arrogant moviestar was played memorably by Linden Ashby in the 1995 feature film, and Joel McHale in the recent animated adaptation: Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion's Revenge. Ashby reprised the role for Mortal Kombat 11 Klassic Movie skins released last November.

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