We know that Joe Taslim is playing Sub-Zero in ‘Mortal Kombat’. Are you also playing Noob Saibot?

The actor dances and teases on the set of ‘Mortal Kombat’.


Regarding the original masked Lin Kuei warriors in the original Mortal Kombat video game, I have always loved Noob Saibot with a special affinity. Originally appearing, albeit unplayable, in Mortal Kombat II as a kind of joker character: he is like the other ninjas except the black one, and his name is literally the names of the creators (Ed boon Y John Tobias) backwards: Noob Saibot has since become a well-regarded, respected, and even feared character. It is dark, gloomy, under the corruption of the most vile forces of evil in the Mortal Kombat universe, and has such a singularly sinister voice in Mortal Kombat 11 courtesy of Sean Chiplock. And wouldn’t you know, in the video game continuity, it is actually revealed that Noob Saibot started his life as Bi-Han, aka the original Sub-Zero that we saw in the original video game.

In the upcoming 2021 film adaptation of Mortal Kombat, Joe Taslim (The Raid: Redemption) he is playing the Bi-Han version of Sub-Zero. This is a simple fact that we all know. But does this mean … that we’ll also see Taslim play Noob Saibot in the movie? Collider visited the set in Australia in 2019 during filming and watched Taslim walk to the line to say “Yes, I play Noob Saibot in Mortal Kombat“before saying it, expressing his jokes under the facts that he is only providing information about the character’s history.

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Here are the exact quotes from Taslim on the possibility of seeing his Sub-Zero turn into Noob Saibot in the movie:

“Usually, [all] I know I play Bi-Han. Because we know that we have two Sub-Zeros, Bi-Han and Kuai Liang. I think it’s not a secret, I play Bi-Han, and it’s not a secret either. I mean, you can Google it, Bi-Han is … okay, don’t tell anyone. (Laughs) So Noob Saibot is Bi-Han after what happened to him, it’s not a secret. Quan Chi took humanity inside Bi-Han and turned him into Noob Saibot, a totally dark night. And we both know from that story [and] Bi-Han’s story, you know, it’s a basic Google search, not a secret, it has humanity inside of it, and when it’s Noob Saibot, it’s totally dark, completely black. And you can see that in his Bi-Han character that I’m playing when the movie comes out. That’s all. [laughter]”

Good! What you think? Does Taslim simply play diplomat and tell us about the Bi-Han mythology as set out in the Mortal Kombat Canyon? He’s obviously joking when he says “don’t tell anyone.” But are you kidding that we’ll see this Sub-Zero / Noob Saibot battle “in his character … that I’m playing when the movie comes out”? Is there a particularly dark looking Lin Kuei warrior that we see in the trailer indicating this possible reveal from Noob Saibot that Taslim is dancing around here? Or are they all metaphors and hypothetical flights of fancy? We’ll all know once the movie comes out, but for my money, I think we’ll see it happen, I think Taslim was being deliberately shy, and I think it will be very, very silly.

Mortal Kombat hits theaters and at HBO Max on April 16, 2021.

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