Sonya Blade actor Jessica McNamee hopes Kano will return Mortal Kombat 2. Starring McNamee as Sonya, Josh Lawson as Kano, Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Sisi Stringer as Mileena and Lewis Tan as newcomer Cole Young, the 2021 Mortal Kombat served as a reboot of the 1995 film with a few significant differences. Mortal Kombat is the third live-action film in the video game-based franchise and has largely received more praise from critics than the other two installments.
Kano, a villain in video game source material, is known for his dishonesty, lack of loyalty and cowardice. However, the character took an unexpected turn in 2021 Mortal Kombat because of the energy Lawson brought into the part. Lawson brought a new charm and comedy to Kano that many viewers enjoyed, making his seemingly unpleasant betrayal and subsequent death even more devastating. However, characters tend to resurrect in the Mortal Kombat franchise, leaving audiences wondering if Lawson’s Kano will make a comeback in the sequel.
In an exclusive screen frenzy interview with McNamee, she says she hopes for Kano’s return in… Mortal Kombat 2. McNamee, whose new movie The visitor premiering on October 7, also mentions her excitement at the involvement of favorite character Johnny Cage in the sequel. Check out what McNamee says below:
“I mean, I hope I’m in it. [Laughs] She’s the tough bitch of the whole thing, so I don’t think she’s going anywhere. However, I don’t know anything about this movie. They’re keeping that script under lock and key. I just hope for the fans, and for me, that they bring in Johnny Cage. And I’d be lying if I didn’t say I’d miss Josh Lawson again [as] canoe. I love that man and I enjoy working with him. The great thing about Mortal Kombat is that they can kill people whenever they want, and they can also bring them back whenever they want. So hopefully they bring him back. That would be fantastic. But who knows? As far as I know, I’m dead. [Laughs] No, I’m kidding.”
Can Kano be resurrected for Mortal Kombat 2?
Sonya from McNamee killed Kano at the end of Mortal Kombat by stabbing him through the eye that fired his laser beam. Because of Kano’s laser beam abilities coming from his cybernetic head and heart implants, it’s possible his implants could be retrofitted with new cybernetics, allowing him to resurrect. If Kano were to come back to life, it’s possible Mortal Kombat 2 would lean into the story seemingly set up by the 2021 movie, making Lawson’s Kano an antihero and allowing him to reconnect with the characters he previously betrayed. Mortal Kombat 2 could also create a Kano that gets closer to its video game counterpart by leaning into its mean twist, hopefully retaining the same humor that Lawson brought into the role in the first movie.
Information about Mortal Kombat 2 has confirmed that the sequel will solve many of the issues noted by viewers in the 2021 film. One of the most exciting confirmations is that there will be an actual Mortal Kombat tournament in the next movie, and writer Jeremy Slater confirmed that Johnny Cage will be making an appearance. Fans of the video game-based franchise will love to hear that Mortal Kombat 2 just marks one of several Mortal Kombat projects in development, meaning the film probably won’t be the last place viewers will see Earth’s greatest champions.
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