WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin throws his hat into the ring to portray Johnny Cage in Mortal Kombat 2, the upcoming sequel to the 2021 video game film adaptation.
The former WWE Champion is so serious about the role that he’s already working to hopefully get cast as Johnny Cage in the upcoming Mortal Kombat movie. Speaking on Ryan Satin out of character podcast, per ComicBook.com, Miz admitted that he started training to play the character shortly after people on social media started fan-following him for the role.
“I worked on my splits, I worked on my kicks,” Miz said. “As soon as I saw that Mortal Kombat was out and there wasn’t a Johnny Cage yet and my name was literally #1 in the world, ‘We want Miz like Johnny Cage’, I was I’m like, ‘If they want this to happen, I basically have to make sure that I’m prepared and ready that if this opportunity arises, I’ll be ready and focused. ‘”
Miz was keen to perfect the character’s left-handed and right-handed intro kicks “because Johnny can do both,” so he called in a trainer he had previously worked with on Marine 6, the series’ sixth and final installment. of action films The Marine produced. by WWE Studios. He added that he was now “almost there” to be able to run the splits as well.
In an interview with looper Last year, Miz explained that his desire to play the role of Johnny Cage was sparked by seeing his name frequently associated with the character on social media. It has been endorsed by followers, peers and even Ed Boon, co-creator of Mortal Kombatwhich motivated him to try to give “Mortal Kombat fans the Johnny Cage they deserve”.
“I will do everything in my power to hopefully get that role if the opportunity arises,” he said. “I have a huge work ethic and no matter what, I’ll be there to try and do it. And if I don’t get it, that’s okay too. But I hope the person whoever gets it will put in the same amount of work and dedication and give the fans exactly what they want because I know what I want from Johnny Cage I really do.
Real name Jonathan Carlton, Johnny Cage is the stage name of the nerdy action movie star in the Mortal Kombat verse, and one of the seven original characters in the OG game. He’s set to appear in Mortal Kombat 2 alongside Sub-Zero, as actor Joe Taslim previously revealed he’s signed on for four more movies, should the series continue.
Mortal Kombat 2 is in the works at New Line Cinema, with Moon Knight scribe Jeremy Slater attached to write the script. The sequel is set to pick up the latest film, which proved to be a hit in the pandemic era, opening at number one at the box office and ranking among HBO Max’s top films. IGN’s review called it “a fun time for fans of the game franchise”.
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