Articles & Notes — December 4, 2012 at 12:28 am

Mark Dacascos excited to play Kung Lao in Mortal Kombat series

Hollywood actor Mark Dacascos has been cast to star in the second season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy”, where he will portray Kung Lao, according to a recently published press release from Warner Brothers / Machinima (video entertainment network).

Dacascos himself seems to like the new part – something he shared with his fans on his Facebook page.

“I am very excited to be playing the role of Kung Lao in director Kevin Tancharoen’s web-series Mortal Kombat: Legacy season 2,” the actor said. “I am looking forward to fighting on camera again.”

The press release said “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2” will debut wordwide exclusively on Machinima in the second quarter of 2013. The web-series are currently in production in Los Angeles.

The original “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” web series debuted on YouTube in April of 2011, and quickly sparkled huge interest in the seemigly forgotten Mortal Kombat.

The second season of the web-series, besides Mark Dacascos, will add such stars as Casper Van Dien (as Johnny Cage), Brian Tee (as Liu Kang), Ian Anthony Dale (as Scorpion), and Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa (as Shang Tsung).

Tagawa is familiar for his portrayal of evil Shang Tsung in the original Mortal Kombat film of 1995. The film was directed by Paul W. S. Anderson, and it spawned a sequel, “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation” in 1997, which performed poorly at the box office in comparison to its predecessor.

The first film was based on a video game with the same title. “Mortal Kombat” game was first released on October 8, 1992. Since then it has become known as one of the darkest fighting games on the market.

Famed for its mortal competition, fatalities and dark sense of humor, the game has been released on all major consoles, as well as arcade machines.

The original development team, now known as NetherRealm Studios, led by creative director Ed Boon, continues to develop the game and build upon the existing success and rich story it has created to date.

The first season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” was one of the most-viewed web series of 2011 with more than 60 million views to date on Machinima.

In the second season the saga continues as Liu Kang and Ermac join the ranks of fighters introduced in the first season of the web series including Kenshi, Kung Lao, Kuai Lang, Stryker, Kitana, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Scorpion and Sub Zero.

The new season will uncover the rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld.

Earlier this month, IGN reported that the Warner Bros executive Lance Sloan has confirmed that the new Mortal Kombat film is being developed, and he also revealed a possible budget for the film, which would be some $60 million.

Kevin Tancharoen, who is now working on “Mortal Kombat: Legacy 2”, will be directing the full-feature film as well.

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