We've all enjoyed seeing the rumours around who might play Johnny Cage in a future movie in the Mortal Kombat franchise. With 2021's Mortal Kombat reboot having found critical and commercial success - well, relatively speaking (and surprisingly so) - the film's producer Todd Garner has been talking up the idea of a Cage-focused spin-off, alongside a series of direct sequels. And when it's come to who could play the fan-favourite actor-turned-fighter, the names have been very starry indeed.
Ryan Reynolds leaned into the buzz from fans wanting to see him cast as Cage by putting out his own teaser suggesting he was keen. There's also been talk of Chris Pratt stepping into the shoes of the cocky character, or wrestling star The Miz taking on the role. But according to a fairly reputable leaker, via Giant Freakin Robot, the true casting could be someone quite unexpected.
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The site states that known leaker of MK-related news and "trusted insider" Daniel Richtman has heard that Johnny Cage will be played by English actor Charlie Hunnam, best known for his performances as 'Jax' Teller in the TV series Sons of Anarchy. Hunnam has also appeared in the movies Pacific Rim, The Gentlemen, and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.
Quite where Richtman has got this information from, we don't know, and Giant Freakin Robot doesn't go much deeper into the rumour (probably due to the Patreon that Richtman runs) - but Hunnam definitely knows his way around an action-orientated role, so he'd fit the bill as someone who can hold their own against opponents both human and wholly supernatural. He also holds a blue belt in jiu-jitsu, which can't hurt when it comes to starring in a martial arts movie, and has reportedly been training in LA... possibly for a role just like this?
NGL, while there's greater star power to someone like Ryan Reynolds, Hunnam's qualities appear to fit the bill for playing Johnny Cage rather well. So we'll wait to see how this one plays out, and if we get any kind of confirmation before long.
In related Mortal Kombat news, fans of the games are quite into the idea of Invincible's Omni-Man being added to the roster of guest characters in Mortal Kombat 11 - and the game's own director doesn't disagree. And if you're yet to watch the super-gory 2021 movie, here's a guide to everything you really need to know beforehand.
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