The trailer for Mortal Kombat, the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster filmed on location in South Australia, has been released.
The highly anticipated action flick – which is based on the series of wildly popular video games – was filmed in and around Port Adelaide, Coober Pedy, Leigh Creek and Mount Crawford during a 14-week shoot in 2019.
The film is due for release on April 16.
The trailer was set to drop at 4am (AEDT) but a Russian-language version was leaked online earlier.
In the clip, we get a glimpse of some favourite Mortal Kombat characters including Lui Kang, Sub-Zero, Scorpion and Sonja Blade as well as Shang Tsung, Goro, Mileena and Noob Saibot.
The film stars Lewis Tan as Cole Young and Aussies Josh Lawson as Kano and Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade. Tadanobu Asano, Mechad Brooks, Joe Taslim and Ludi Lin also star.
Announcing the film’s SA location, Warner Brothers Pictures said the film would shoot throughout SA “showcasing its locations, facilities and talent”.
Speaking at an American Chamber of Commerce event in Adelaide during filming, director Simon McQuiod told attendees Mortal Kombat would be “epic”.
“There’s this incredible grit and realism about a lot of the locations we’re shooting in and I’m really excited about that, because the film I want to make, I want to shoot it as much in-camera as possible – so it’s not people in superhero costumes running around in a parking lot in Atlanta with a giant green screen behind them.
“Everyone in LA when I’m sending all the location photos back, their minds are being blown with what we’re finding out here. It is going to be epic, because of what’s here.”
The film is the biggest production in SA’s history, and received at least $6 million in taxpayer funds.
Premier Steven Marshall was on set when filming began in 2019.
“There is a real buzz, a real energy, it’s electric in there at the moment,” he told the Advertiser.
“We are talking about hundreds and hundreds of people in SA working on the largest film in the history of our state. We couldn’t be more excited.”
Mr Marshall said there were 700 extras involved, and lots of crew work for locals.
Mortal Kombat executive producer E. Bennett Walsh said Port Adelaide was being used as a Chicago backdrop in the film.
He estimated there were about 500 people working on the film, about 400 of which were from SA.
“It is like an army, where you have to be self-sufficient,” Mr Walsh said.
“Feeding, toilets, everything is self sufficient, power (as well).
“I think the (extras) are having a really good time, they are cheering on an MMA fight.”
Mr Marshall said the taxpayer dollars were delivering value for money for SA.
“This is a really important sector. It really inspires the next generation,” he said.
“The screen sector is one that has been doing well around the rest of the country.
“We have been missing out, despite the fact that … we have absolutely fantastic locations and skills in SA.
“Now is our opportunity to show the world our great capacity and capability.”