Mortal Kombat 2: Adeline Rudolph to play Kitana in New Line’s bone-shattering sequel

Adeline Rudolph, Mortal Kombat 2, New Line

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actress Adeline Rudolph is going from Riverdale to Outworld for New Line‘s Mortal Kombat 2. Rudolph is the second Chilling Adventures cast member to sign on for the Mortal Kombat sequel after Tati Gabrielle announced she’s in talks to play Jade in the follow-up to director Simon McQuoid’s 2021 smash. McQuoid directs the sequel, featuring Karl Urban as the fast-talking Hollywood misfit fighter Johnny Cage.

Written by Jeremy Slater, Mortal Kombat 2 continues the story established in the McQuoid reboot, focusing on an eclectic group of fighters pulled into a contest of champions for the fate of Earthrealm against the sinister forces of Outworld. New Line’s Mortal Kombat was released at the onset of the pandemic in theaters and on HBO Max, becoming one of the streaming platform’s most significant hits.

Rudolph plays Kitana in the sequel, my favorite character from the famed fighting game franchise. Princess Kitana is 10,000 years old and is the stepdaughter of Shao Khan. Kitana fights using martial arts and a set of deadly, razor-sharp Steel Fans. Kitana shares a unique bond with Jade, possibly setting up an exciting relationship dynamic for both characters in the new film.

James Wan’s Atomic Monster and Michael Clear produce Mortal Kombat 2 alongside Broken Road Production’s Todd Garner. Simon McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh also produce.

Although Mortal Kombat’s reception was mixed, those behind the scenes know there’s much room for improvement. ScreenwriterJeremy Slater has said that they’re viewing the Mortal Kombat sequel as “the chance to take everything that worked in the first one and do it even better and give the audience even more, and make something that is just incredibly satisfying, and really exciting, and unpredictable.” Slater added that he wants to make the Mortal Kombat sequel that no one is expecting, one that can sneak in and “blow everyone away.”

Lewis Tan played Cole Young in the first Mortal Kombat movie. This new character had some mysterious ties to the series’ mythology, and he’s previously expressed hope that the sequel will be bigger and bloodier. “There are so many storylines,” Tan said. “It’s very complex; there are so many characters. It’s a hard one to get done in a two-hour period or an hour and a half. Hopefully, they can make the sequel a little bit longer and we can explore more characters and more themes, and just make it even bloodier and even bigger than the first one. That’s our plan.”

Is Adeline Rudolph an excellent fit to play Princess Kitana? Do you believe McQuoid will deliver a solid sequel after the original ran hot and cold with most fans? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.