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'Mortal Kombat' Star Jessica McNamee on Sonya Blade’s Final Fight That Almost Didn't Happen

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The actor also recalls agonizing over her self-tape to win the role, and shares what she knows about where her character goes next, should there be a sequel.

[This story contains spoilers for Mortal Kombat]

Jessica McNamee was so determined to play Sonya Blade that she kept making self-tapes until she found that winning formula. While there have been many iterations of Blade since her introduction in 1992’s Mortal Kombat video game by Midway, McNamee’s decision to add a bit of levity to the character proved to be a deciding factor. In Simon McQuoid’s R-rated relaunch of Mortal Kombat, McNamee’s Blade is still a former U.S. Special Forces soldier and partner/friend of Jax Briggs (Mehcad Brooks), but she also introduces Lewis Tan’s Cole Young (and the audience) to the world of Mortal Kombat. As a result, Blade is very much the glue of the Earthrealm champions.

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