Casting is now underway for the Mortal Kombat movie reboot and the first major character has his live-action counterpart! Martial arts action player Joe Taslim will join production as Sub-Zero. Read on for more details:

The Hollywood Reporter provided the scoop, but have no additional details concerning plot or identity. Merely that the Indonesian actor is the first to officially sign on to the project, which begins filming in Australia later this year.

It remains to be seen if the film will feature the Bi-Han incarnation of Sub-Zero seen in the first Mortal Kombat and it's first movie adaptation, or his iconic successor Kuai Liang, who has fulfilled the role since 1993's Mortal Kombat II. Fans know Bi-Han as destined to be killed by his mortal nemesis Scorpion, returning from the Netherrealm as the blackened wraith Noob Saibot. Human identities for the Sub-Zero siblings were more clearly defined with Mortal Kombat (2011), and their rivalry continues most recently in Mortal Kombat 11. Update: Writer for the film Greg Russo has given the game away, answering this question directly via Twitter. "Bi-Han".

Joe Taslim (left) as Sergeant Jaka during The Raid's iconic Mad Dog fight.

Taslim gained international acclaim with his starring role in The Raid - an action-thriller about an elite police squad forced to fight their way out of a drug lord's appartment complex. This eventually led to Hollywood action roles as a henchman for Jason Statham's Shaw in 2013's Fast & Furious 6, and Idris Elba's Krall in Star Trek Beyond. His accomplishments include multiple competitive medals in Judo at a national an Asia regional level.

Writer Joe Russo has promised Sub-Zero will be 'kicking all sorts of ass' in the film, to be directed by Simon McQuoid and produced by James Wan's Atomic Monster. An open search for "physical performers" of all ethnicities and genders living in Australia began late June, with an extras casting call to begin July 19th. Interest in Joel Edgerton for the role of Kano has been widely rumored.

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