A new Mortal Kombat 1 roster reveal is here, and this one stands out. Not only is Nitara returning to the series as a playable character for the first time in 17 years, she's voiced by actor and '00s sex symbol Megan Fox.
You can see some snippets of Nitara's in-game design and Fox's performance in the Mortal Kombat 1 video below, though if you're looking to see how she plays you're going to have to make do with just a couple of quick combo breakdowns. Naturally, the footage ends with a fatality - here, Nitara rips out an opponent's intestines, and then dropkicks the foe back to the ground, the force of the impact sheering skeleton from flesh.
Nitara originally appeared as a playable character in 2002's Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance, and while she's had a few other cameos over the years, her only other playable appearance in a proper MK game was 2006's Mortal Kombat: Armageddon. While she's never been a true staple of MK lore, she did have a small role in the 2021 Mortal Kombat film, portrayed by Mel Jarnson.
"She comes from this weird realm," as Fox herself describes Nitara. "She is a type of vampire creature. She’s evil but she’s also good. She’s trying to save her people. I really like her. She’s a vampire, which obviously… resonates for whatever reason." That awkward pause might just be a reference to the time Fox and partner Machine Gun Kelly said they drank each other's blood.
Mortal Kombat fans already have some experience with celebrity voiceover for a returning character with MK11's casting of Ronda Rousey as Sonya Blade. Of course, Rousey's performance as Sonya was notoriously flat, and it seems that Fox's work as Nitara is already a step above. Fox is, after all, actually an actor.
There's definitely experience with violence here, given how Megan Fox eulogized all those Diablo 4 deaths.