The Missed Opportunity to Have Sarah Michelle Gellar in Mortal Kombat

Sarah Michelle Gellar, known for her iconic roles in Buffy The Vampire Slayer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Scooby-Doo, was approached to appear in a Mortal Kombat game, as revealed by her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. Prinze shared this interesting tidbit on an episode of his wrestling podcast, Wrestling With Freddie. The failed casting opportunity came to light during a discussion about dream character crossovers between rival pop culture brands such as Marvel, DC Comics, and Mortal Kombat.

During the podcast episode, Freddie Prinze Jr. mentioned that they couldn’t afford his wife, Sarah Michelle Gellar, for the Mortal Kombat game. He proudly stated, “She’s got her price.” The reasons behind Gellar declining the offer were rooted in dissatisfaction with the proposed terms of appearance. It seems that Gellar’s previous work in the gaming industry set a certain precedent for her worth and the game developers were unable to meet her financial expectations.

Sarah Michelle Gellar had previously appeared in a video game, Call of Duty: Black Ops, where she played herself as a playable character in the Zombies campaign, Call of the Dead. In this role, she lent both her voice and likeness alongside other actors such as Danny Trejo, Michael Rooker, and Robert Englund. Gellar’s participation in Call of Duty created a certain standard for her value, making it difficult for the Mortal Kombat team to afford her services.

The prospect of seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar’s likeness in a Mortal Kombat game was undoubtedly intriguing. Whether she would have portrayed an existing Mortal Kombat character or reprised one of her iconic screen roles like Buffy Summers, the idea of her vividly taking down Mortal Kombat characters in an R-rated fashion was a tantalizing thought.

Other Celebrity Appearances in Mortal Kombat

Mortal Kombat has a history of introducing guest characters from iconic action film franchises into its roster. In Mortal Kombat 1, Megan Fox played Nitara, an existing character in the series. Additionally, Jean-Claude Van Damme appeared as an optional character palette swap for Johnny Cage, a character in the original 1992 game who was designed based on him.

The upcoming Mortal Kombat 1 game will feature post-launch DLC with crossover characters from popular media, such as Omni-Man from Invincible, Homelander from The Boys, and Peacemaker from Suicide Squad. The characters Homelander and Peacemaker will be fashioned after Anthony Starr and John Cena, respectively.

In the previous game, Mortal Kombat 11, UFC-turned-WWE fighter Rhonda Rousey portrayed the existing character Sonya Blade. The game also included iconic characters like the Terminator, played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Rambo, portrayed by Sylvester Stallone, and RoboCop, with actor Peter Weller reprising the role for the first time since Robocop 2.

The Conclusion: A Dream That Remains Unrealized

Unfortunately, Sarah Michelle Gellar’s appearance in Mortal Kombat will forever remain a dream, as the game developers were unable to afford her. However, the revelation of this missed opportunity has sparked intrigue and speculation among fans who can only imagine the thrilling possibilities of seeing Gellar’s talent and beauty unleashed in the Mortal Kombat universe. Who knows what the future holds? Perhaps one day, Gellar will have another chance to join the epic lineup of Mortal Kombat characters. Until then, fans can only dream of what could have been.


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