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Baraka – Yayan Ruhian (The Raid 2)

As a Tarkatan (a humanoid creature from another dimension with blades extending from his arms), casting a recognizable actor in the role of Baraka isn’t a priority. Instead James Wan can focus in on an actor with pure martial arts ability, much like how martial artist Ray Park was cast as one in Mortal Kombat: Annihilation. As such, a martial artist that can play a character that flies around the field with lightning quick strikes is a must, and who better than The Raid’s Yayan Ruhian. The Indonesian martial artist saw his star rise to greater prominence in recent years, with appreciation for his craft landing him roles in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum, and so the Mortal Kombat reboot could serve as another platform for Yayan to display his craft.

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