Mortal Kombat 1 officially launched yesterday and it crams a ton of references, easter eggs and celebrity appearances in the game – mainly from Megan Fox who plays Nitara and Jean-Claude Van Damme who gave developer NetherRealm Studios his likeliness as Johnny Cage. However, series co-creator had his eyes set on getting John Wick into the game but couldn’t secure the rights.
Speaking to Rolling Stone in a recent interview, Ed Boon talked about the celebrity appearances in Mortal Kombat 1 but also pined for Keanu Reeves’ John Wick to be a part of the roster. “As a matter of fact, that is one of the ones that we tried to get – John Wick – in Mortal Kombat, and we didn’t get it,” said Boon, chalking it down to simply not getting the rights to use the character in the latest game.
Ed Boon elaborated that it would’ve been fantastic if Reeves even popped into NetherRealm Studios to voice Kenshi, for example, but also toyed with the idea of getting celebrities to come in and voice several characters:
“One of the things that I entertained with this game – and this is the 10 out of 10 version – which we didn’t do, was, ‘What if every character in this game was played by an actor?’ Like we got Keanu Reeves to play Kenshi… this is, like, pipe dream.”
The Kenshi and Reeves reference doesn’t come out of nowhere. Fans have always seen Reeves as an ideal fit to play the part of Kenshi, either in a game or live-action adaptation. It’s still a very popular casting choice for fans and Boon is well aware of that. Unfortunately, much like how long it took to get Spawn into Mortal Kombat as a guest character, it may be years before we see John Wick appear in the bloody fighting game franchise, if at all.
In related news, a recent leak revealed several unannounced guest fighters coming to Mortal Kombat 1 including Ghostface, Noob Saibot, Jade and many more. If you want to give yourself some nightmares, also check out what everyone’s been saying about the Nintendo Switch port of the game.
Mortal Kombat 1 is now available for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch.
Source: Rolling Stone