Adding a new layer of excitement to the forthcoming Mortal Kombat 2 movie, producer Todd Garner confirmed that the character Baraka, a beloved figure in the Mortal Kombat fanbase, will make an appearance in the sequel to the 2021 blockbuster film.
Garner revealed this much-anticipated detail via a cryptic Twitter post, featuring a set chair bearing the name of Baraka, confirming the inclusion of the formidable Tarkatan warrior in the upcoming sequel. The identity of the actor set to portray Baraka remains undisclosed, adding another element of suspense for ardent followers of the franchise.
Baraka's Journey: From Arcade to Cinema
The Mortal Kombat universe introduced Baraka as a playable character in Mortal Kombat II, the 1993 arcade classic. This fierce Tarkatan, who had his cinematic debut portrayed by Dennis Keiffer in Mortal Kombat Annihilation (1997), has since become an integral part of the game series.
He last appeared in the 2019 edition of the game, Mortal Kombat 11. Baraka is the commanding general of the Tarkatan Horde and is primarily recognized by his retractable Tarkatan blades, a visual element that has made him an unforgettable character in the franchise.
Baraka's loyalty lies with the Empire of Outworld, pledging allegiance to the malevolent Shao Kahn and his half-Tarkatan daughter, Mileena. Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema's Mortal Kombat 2 will not only welcome the return of Baraka but will also introduce other franchise stalwarts absent from the 2019 film.
Martyn Ford as Shao Kahn, Karl Urban as Johnny Cage, Tati Gabrielle as Jade, Adeline Rudolph as Kitana, Ana Thu Nguyen as Sindel, and Damon Herriman as Quan Chi will enhance the sequel's roster, while Desmond Chiam will take on the role of non-playable character, King Jerrod.
Several cast members from 2019’s Mortal Kombat will reprise their roles, including Lewis Tan (Cole Young), Jessica McNamee (Sonya Blade), Mehcad Brooks (Jackson “Jax” Briggs), Tadanobu Asano (Raiden), Ludi Lin (Liu Kang), Chin Han (Shang Tsung), and Hiroyuki Sanada (Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion).
Even though Kano met his end in the first film, actor Josh Lawson is expected to return. Joe Taslim's character, Bi-Han, will reprise his role as Sub-Zero but is expected to morph into the character of Noob Saibot in this sequel.
Under the direction of Simon McQuoid and screenplay by Jeremy Slater, Mortal Kombat 2’s release date remains unannounced, thereby maintaining the element of anticipation for fans worldwide.