Web series Mortal Kombat: Rebirth will be joined by Jeri Ryan as emasculating elite femme fatale ass-beater Sonya Blade. The news comes via confirmation from the actress herself that she will reprise the role she played in the trailer to which we were first exposed last summer. (Albeit with no initial explanation as to what it was.) Speculation had the footage as a leaked trailer for the long-reported reboot film for the Mortal Kombat franchise, but it turned out to be concept footage used to persuade Warner Bros to go the ultra-violent route. Continuing on from last summer's trailer, it was reported last month to officially become a 10 episode web series, which will be directed by Kevin Tancharoen, helmer of the original clip.
As the former Borg vixen, Ryan tweets:
"Heading to the farmer's market with the hubs & my girl. Then this evening I head to Vancouver to shoot Mortal Kombat! (NOW it's official)"
Later adding: "BTW, just finished reading the whole script for Mortal Kombat. Holy crap... I think u might just love it. Get ready..."
It's still sort of perplexing as to why Warner is going the route of a web series, rather than just a movie -- or even another TV series. As some may recall, that would not be without precedence with the TV series Mortal Kombat: Conquest, which aired on TNT from 1998-1999, focusing on the ancient era of the tournament with Liu Kang's ancestor, the original Kung Lao. Perhaps, by bringing in Jeri Ryan (a fairly recognizable name) and possibly Michael Jai White to reprise his role as Jax, it may be an experiment to see how a web series can fare with enough promotional power and talent backing the project.
Just for a refresher, here's the original trailer from last June.
Warning!: Extremely violent, nightmarish imagery that's not safe for work!
What's your take on this (ridiculously violent) Mortal Kombat web series, with Jeri Ryan now locked-in?