Kerri Hoskins, who was the voice actress behind Mortal Kombat powerhouse Sonya Blade in MK3, has put on the costume for the first time in 25 years.
Kerri Hoskins, one of the actresses who voiced Sonya Blade in the highly successful Mortal Kombat video game franchise, has put on the costume for the first time in 25 years. The classic fighting game has gone through many changes over the years, but fans continue to show love for the game’s early era.
The character of Blade is an interesting one, having been a late addition to the first Mortal Kombat game, back in 1992. A United States Special Forces officer with a no-nonsense attitude, Blade’s addition came after Mortal Kombat’s development team were told to polish the game. This ended up bringing about the creation of another character, originally intended to be male, but eventually made female as the game’s six characters were already all male. Blade proved a popular addition, but when Mortal Kombat 2 arrived in 1993, she was noticeably absent from the cast of playable characters. This was remedied for Mortal Kombat 3, however, the character was also not a part of 2004’s Mortal Kombat: Deception. Aside from these two titles, Blade has remained a consistent part of the Mortal Kombat universe.
It was the release of Mortal Kombat 3 in which Hoskins made her debut with the franchise and since then, fans have grown very fond of both the character and Hoskins. Though Hoskins didn’t play Blade in either of the poorly received Mortal Kombat films, she is still an integral part of the franchise for many. It’s been 25 years since Hoskins last publicly put on her Sonya Blade costume and thanks to Hoskins’ official Instagram account, fans now have the opportunity to see what Sonya Blade looks like at age fifty:
Hoskins doesn’t seem to be the least bit concerned that she last wore the costume when she was 25 years old, and instead celebrates who she is now at fifty. The new upcoming Mortal Kombat film will feature Blade, but the character will be played by relative newcomer Jessica McNamee. Undoubtedly, there are many Blade fans who feel that even now, Hoskins could still pass for the character. It’s hard to believe that 25 years have passed since Hoskins was the go-to actress whenever Blade was needed. As previously stated, she didn’t appear in either Mortal Kombat film, but her tenure as Blade saw her move beyond the realm of the video game and appear onstage as the character in 1996’s Mortal Kombat: The Live Tour.
Today Hoskins works as a personal trainer, which isn’t surprising given how physically fit she appears in this most recent photo. Her Mortal Kombat days do seem to be behind her at this point, but it was great of her to take the time to show fans that no matter how many years pass or how many actresses eventually take on the role of Sonya Blade, she’ll always be the first iteration of the character for so many gamers out there.