Huang brought the iconic game character to life in the first instalment simply titled Mortal Kombat (2021), which showed him having his soul sucked out by none other than the powerful sorcerer Shang Tsung, who is played by Chin Han.
See below for Huang’s social post announcement.
The [Kung] Lao legend grows!
How Kung Lao Returns (Explained)
Despite his character being dead, Huang is set to return as the famous Kung Lao in New Line’s Mortal Kombat 2 for Warner Bros. Pictures.
This may surprise those who have not played the games, however, his return was most definitely planned from the very beginning by the sequel’s team.
Similar to the game series, Huang’s Kung Lao is highly expected to return as an evil spirit version of himself aka a revenant.
Interestingly enough, the game’s evil sorcerer Quan Chi, who has been confirmed for the sequel’s roster, is responsible for turning Kung Lao into an evil revenant.
Damon Herriman (Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood) will be playing the evil Quan Chi for New Line’s Mortal Kombat 2 and will most likely be the one that brings Huang back to the franchise. Herriman also voiced Kabal in the first instalment back in 2021.
Returning cast members include Hiroyuki Sanada (John Wick: Chapter 4) as Hanzo Hasashi aka Scorpion, Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade, and Damon Herriman who will now play Quan Chi.
Also returning is Lewis Tan as the original character Cole Young, Chin Han as Shang Tsung, Ludi Lin as Liu Kang, Max Huang as Kung Lao, Tadanobu Asano as Lord Raiden, and Mehcad Brooks as Jax (Briggs).
Joe Taslim will also be reprising his role as Bi-Han, however, instead of the iconic Sub-Zero he will now be portraying Noob Saibot just as in the game.
New roster additions include the big bad Shao Kahn who will be played by Martyn Ford, Karl Urban as Johnny Cage, Tati Gabrielle as Jade, Adeline Rudolph as Kitana, Ana Thu Nguyen as Sindel, and CJ. Bloomfield as Baraka.
Mortal Kombat 2 does not yet have a confirmed release date.