Jeri Ryan may have fueled fanboy dreams, but Tahmoh Penikett did the same for fangirls (and some fanboys, too). Now the Battlestar Galactica and Dollhouse star will be joining the lovely Ms. Ryan in the upcoming Mortal Kombat digital series.
The former Helo and Paul Ballard will be playing Kurtis Stryker, a New York City policeman who uses guns, nightsticks and tasers when getting his combat on. According to the Mortal Kombat wiki, "Stryker was the leader of the Riot Control Brigade when Outworld's portal opened over New York City." He was chosen as a warrior to liberate Earth from the evil Shao Kahn.
The story of how Kevin Tanchareon became the director of this web series is as interesting as the interdimensional combat of the videogame series:
Last year, Kevin Tancharoen, the director of Fame (and brother of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog co-writer Maurissa Tancharoen), learned that Mortal Kombat might be rebooted, so he gathered some of his many talented friends and did some guerrilla filmmaking. Collider wrote that the unofficial Mortal Kombat: Rebirth was "a calling card for a chance at making the next Mortal Kombat feature film and it's his vision for how he'd do it."
Warner Brothers, which owns the rights to Mortal Kombat, was impressed enough to appoint him director of this web series. However, the production company has yet to give Tanchareon the thumbs-up (and the budget) for a movie. Fans hope that if this series is popular, Warner Brothers might turn this old-school fight club into a full-length feature.
The Mortal Kombat web series is currently in production and will be released sometime in the spring, although there is no official word on how many webisodes will be made.