Cameron Diaz as Sonya Blade?; It Almost Happened
Cameron Diaz was all set to be cast as Sonya Blade in the “Mortal Kombat” film, according to filmmakers.
“Mortal Kombat” was a number one hit at the box office and became one of the first few films to be based on a video game and be successful, in an era when “Double Dragon and “Super Mario Bros” also were hit. Diaz was a newcomer at that time and was still making a name for herself in the field but she was favorite to be cast as Sonya Blade in the “Mortal Kombat.”
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of “Mortal Kombat,” The Hollywood Reporter spoke to the people involved with the production of the film and got to know more about how the production went by, all the good things and bads. It was during one such talk, about the casting for the film that producer Lauri Apelian said:
“We originally had Cameron Diaz cast as Sonya Blade. We were at New Line when The Mask was in postproduction, and Cameron Diaz was not a household name. “
According to Apelian, they chose Diaz for the film and put her into martial arts training, but right before the shooting began she broke her wrist and couldn’t perform the stunts needed for the movie. Diaz went on to become a superstar for Hollywood though with her films like “There’s Something About Mary” and the “Charlie’s Angels” series and “Mortal Kombat became a hit on its own by casting Bridgette Wilson-Sampras as Sonya Blade.
The film was panned by critics for its weak plot and weird visuals, but even they admitted it sparked off a new era in terms of films based on video games. “Mortal Kombat” went on to earn more than $122 million worldwide with fans loving the characters tearing apart each other’s spines.
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