This has now been confirmed by Deadline. (June 15, 2023)CoveredGeekly Editorial Team
Desmond Chiam (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) has reportedly been cast as the live-action King Jerrod in Warner Bros. Pictures’ upcoming sequel to the 2021 Mortal Kombat movie. The sequel is currently titled Mortal Kombat 2, Chiam’s casting as Jerrod has not been confirmed as of yet by either the cast or crew.
Despite this casting not yet being confirmed by the cast and crew of Mortal Kombat 2, the character Jerrod was expected to have some sort of presence due to the recent casting of Adeline Rudolph who will star as Jerrod’s daughter Kitana in the live-action sequel.
The casting news comes from the well-known and trusted industry scooper Daniel Richtman, aka Daniel RPK, who is typically bang-on when it comes to casting reports. However, as mentioned, Chiam’s casting has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Who Is Mortal Kombat’s Jerrod?
Although King Jerrod has a few worthy mentions in the game series Mortal Kombat, his presence is somewhat on the minor side, as he is only ever mentioned post-death as being the husband to Queen Sindel, Kitana’s mother.
If Jerrod does indeed make an appearance in the live-action Mortal Kombat 2 movie, it could very well be for flashback scenes, as Jerrod is famously known for being defeated and even killed by the legendary villain Shao Kahn, who was teased quite a few times during the first instalment of the movie series.
What Does This Mean?
What makes this casting report even more interesting than it already is – is the fact that this would confirm Queen Sindel’s involvement in the sequel. This would most likely also confirm Shao Kahn’s official introduction to the new live-action reboot, something that has been speculated to happen since the release of Mortal Kombat.
The recent casting of Kitana and the inclusion of Mileena in the first movie already gave plenty of weight to the theory that Sindel and Shao Kahn were next to arrive. However, it has yet to be officially confirmed by the team behind the sequel and second instalment.
Mortal Kombat 2 does not yet have a confirmed release date.