‘Rebel Moon Part One’ – Everything We Know About the Zack Snyder’s New Film

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Streaming powerhouse Netflix will be teaming up with Zack Snyder after the unprecedented success of his movie Army of the Dead. After Zack’s lengthy run at Warner Bros and DC, he’s found a new home with the streaming service promising an array of exciting new projects. His next project Rebel Moon has been touted to be an epic two-parter with the likelihood of spin-off properties. A lifelong Star Wars fan, Snyder initially intended Rebel Moon as a Star Wars movie. He had the idea to pitch Rebel Moon as a more mature take on the universe created by George Lucas. That idea was shut down after Walt Disney Co. acquired LucasFilm in 2012. Snyder then set up a deal with Deborah Snyder’s production company Stone Quarry and Netflix for Rebel Moon to be reworked into an entirely new universe.


Rebel Moon represents a slight shift for Zack Snyder into a distinct sci-fi subgenre that is set in a peaceful colony on the border of a faraway galaxy. The one-time peaceful colony faces an existential threat from the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius. Residents of the colony in a bid to repel this great evil send out a young female dispatch rider named Kora who has a checkered past to solicit the help of different warriors from neighboring planets. Below are all the details regarding the cast, trailer, release date, plot, and everything we know so far about Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire.

Editor’s Note: This piece was updated on November 22.

Rebel Moon

Director
Zack Snyder

Cast
Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Anthony Hopkins, Cary Elwes, Jena Malone, Djimon Hounsou

Main Genre
Adventure

Studio
Netflix

When Is the Release Date for ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’?

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Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire will hit Netflix just in time for Christmas on December 22, 2023. This has become a trend for Netflix to release a buzzy title in the days leading up to Christmas. In the past, hit films such as Don’t Look Up, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Bird Box, and 6 Underground were released on the service during the holiday season.

Will ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’ Have a Theatrical Release?

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Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire will have a limited theatrical release on December 15, 2023. Snyder’s previous film with Netflix, Army of the Dead, screened for one week in May 2021 across 600 theaters in the US. The limited theatrical release will also include a run of 70mm screenings which will occur across four cities (Los Angeles, New York City, Toronto, London).

Is There a Trailer for ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’?

The first teaser trailer for Rebel Moon was unveiled during a presentation at Gamescom 2023 on August 22, 2023. Running at over three-and-a-half minutes long, the trailer gives fans a real good look at the world of the film, as well as all the high-octane action and slow-motion that many have come to expect from Snyder.

The full trailer for Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire was released by Netflix on November 12, 2023, as part of their ‘Geeked Week ’23’ event. Set to a remixed version of T.Rex‘s “Children of the Revolution,” the trailer gives us a better look at the story as the outcast Kora travels across the galaxy to recruit warriors to take down a tyrannical intergalactic force.

If you enjoyed the Geeked Week trailer, check out Zack Snyder’s break down. He gets into all the nerdy technical and story aspects of the trailer that you might have missed.

A behind-the-scenes featurette for Rebel Moon was unveiled during Netflix’s Tudum event on June 17, 2023, previewing the film’s massive scope and several of the cast members’ reactions to working with Snyder on the film.

The first pieces of footage for the film were released in a sizzle reel for Netflix’s 2023 film slate.

Who’s the Cast of ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’?

Sofia Boutella plays the role of Kora, the young woman burdened with the task of marshaling a defense force to stand against the forces of Regent Balisarius. Boutella is best known for her role as Gazelle in the action spy comedy Kingsman: The Secret Service. She is also known for her portrayal of Jaylah in the Sci/Fi action film Star Trek Beyond. Her other film credits include Atomic Blonde, Climax, Hotel Artemis, and The Mummy.

Two-time Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins will be playing the voice of Jimmy, a JC1435 sentient mechanized robot who once protected a defeated king. Snyder described the character as a ‘wild card’ who is ‘on a journey of self-discovery.’ Snyder also compared Jimmy to Lancelot, stating that he brings an Arthurian element to the sci-fi fantasy film.

Fans familiar with Hopkin’s work would suggest his role on Rebel Moon is keeping in line with the career trajectory of the acclaimed thespian. Anthony Hopkins is one of the most renowned and respected actors in the industry and is best known for his role as the frightening Hannibal Lecter in the film The Silence of the Lambs – as well as its sequels Hannibal and Red Dragon. He also played the role of Mission Commander Swanbeck in the film Mission: Impossible II. He won his second Academy Award in 2021 for his leading role in Florian Zeller’s acclaimed drama The Father.

Djimon Hounsou will be on the cast of Rebel Moon, as General Titus. Details about this character are relatively still unknown. Hounsou is an actor of incredible talent and expertise – he is best known for his roles in films like Blood Diamond and Amistad. Hounsou also has starred in several MCU titles including Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain Marvel as Korath the Pursuer. His other movie credits include Shazam, In America, and Furious 7.

Ed Skrein plays the role of Regent Balisarius, the ferocious and cunning interplanetary warlord who plans to lay siege on a colony in a distant galaxy. Skrein is best known for his role as Daario Naharis in the third season of Game of Thrones. He is also quite popular for playing the villain Ajax (Francis) in Deadpool. Skrein’s other movie credits include Born A King, Alita: Battle Angel, and Barry JenkinsIf Beale Street Could Talk.

Other cast members of Rebel Moon include Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as Kai, a mercenary starship pilot, Ray Fisher (Zack Snyder’s Justice League) & Cleopatra Coleman (The Last Man on Earth) as Darrian & Devra Bloodaxe, Michiel Huisman (The Flight Attendant) Gunnar, a farmer and friend of Devra, Jena Malone (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) as Harmada, a spider warrior, Staz Nair (Game of Thrones) as the noble servant Tarak, Doona Bae (Kingdom) as the cyborg swordmaster Nemesis, newcomer E. Duffy as Millius, Fra Fee (Hawkeye) as Regent Balisarius, Corey Stoll (Ant-Man) as the Veldt patriarch Sindri, and Ingvar Sigurdsson (The Northman) as Hagen. Cast in undisclosed roles are Stuart Martin (Army of Thieves), Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride), Alfonso Herrera (Ozark), Rhian Rees (Halloween), and Ray Porter (Zack Snyder’s Justice League).

What Is ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’ About?

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Zack Snyder’s penchant for grandiose storytelling is put on display in Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire. The story is set in motion when a relatively tranquil colony on the edge of a galaxy is threatened by the vile Regent Balisarius. In a desperate attempt for redemption, habitants of the colony dispatch a young woman with a cryptic past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to aid in the resistance.

The official synopsis reads:

After crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld. Tasked with finding fighters who would risk their lives to defend the people of Veldt, Kora and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tenderhearted farmer naive in the realities of war, journey to different worlds in search of the Bloodaxes, and assemble a small band of warriors who share a common need for redemption along the way: Kai (Charlie Hunnam), a pilot and gun for hire; General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona Bae), a master swordswoman; Tarak (Staz Nair), a captive with a regal past; and Milius (E. Duffy), a resistance fighter. Back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding in the wings, awakens with a new purpose. But the newly formed revolutionaries must learn to trust each other and fight as one before the armies of the Motherworld come to destroy them all.

When Did ‘Rebel Moon’ Film?

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Filming for Parts One and Two of Rebel Moon commenced in April 2022 and wrapped on December 2, 2022. Production mainly took place in California.

Who’s Making ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’?

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The producers for Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire are Zack Snyder along with Deborah Snyder and Eric Newman for his company Grand Electric. The epic sci-fi fantasy will be produced by Eric Newman (who produced Snyder’s first feature debut), Deborah Snyder, and Zack Snyder. The script for Rebel Moon is co-written by Kurt Johnstad who worked on 300 with Snyder and Shay Hatten who also co-wrote with Snyder on the Army of the Dead.

Snyder will also be handling the cinematography for the film, as he did with Army of the Dead. Tom Holkenberg, who worked with Snyder on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Synder’s Justice League, and Army of the Dead, will be composing the film’s score. Academy Award nominee Dody Dorn, who also worked with Snyder on his last two films, will be editing the film.

Was ‘Rebel Moon’ Always a Two-Parter?

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As mentioned earlier, Rebel Moon is broken up into two parts, with this first filming being part one. Deborah Snyder did explain how the script went from being one film to two, saying:

Originally, the script was one movie, but it was in ‘Zack form. It was 172 pages. (Chairman of Netflix Films, Scott) Stuber was like, ‘On the service, under-two-hour movies really do better for some reason,’ even though you’ll binge-watch a series of eight episodes. “Zack said, ‘If you ask me to make this less than two hours, I’m going to lose all the character. You won’t care about these people. It’s a character story about how people can change, and redemption, and what are you willing to fight for…’ So he said, ‘What if I give you two movies?

What Will ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’ Be Rated?

Doona Bae's Nemesis facing off against Jena Malone's Harmada in Rebel Moon
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While many of Zack Snyder’s films have received R-ratings, such as 300, Army of the Dead, and Watchmen, the initial release of Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire will be PG-13. The film officially received the rating in October 2023 for sequences of strong violence, sexual assault, bloody images, language, sexual material, and partial nudity.

Will ‘Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire’ Have a Director’s Cut?

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Zack Snyder is no stranger to extended cuts, and Rebel Moon will continue the tradition of the now iconic “Snyder Cut.” The director has revealed that R-rated versions of Rebel Moon Parts One and Two will be available to stream, saying:

The first version of Rebel Moon to hit screens will be a fantasy adventure that anyone can enjoy and watch. The later cut will be strictly for adults. I think for fans of mine and people who are ready to take a deeper, harder dive, that’ll be fun for them.



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