Prepare to embark on an interstellar journey with Zack Snyder.
Best known for directing hits like “Justice League” and “Army of the Dead,” Snyder is venturing into the vast expanse of the cosmos with his new Netflix series, “Rebel Moon.” This space-faring saga is set to release in two riveting parts: “A Child of Fire” premiering on December 22, 2023, followed by “The Scargiver” on April 19, 2024. You can catch a glimpse of the anticipated series in its freshly released teaser.
Diving into the storyline, “Rebel Moon” introduces us to a serene colony situated on the galaxy’s brink, soon facing the wrath of a malevolent ruling force’s armies. Amidst this chaos emerges Kora (portrayed by Sofia Boutella), a cryptic individual residing within the colony, who emerges as their beacon of hope.
Determined to rally trained warriors to her side, Kora gathers an eclectic group – rebels, outsiders, and war orphans hailing from various corners of the universe, all bound by a shared thirst for vengeance and redemption. As this unlikely moon becomes the battlefield’s epicenter, a galaxy’s destiny hangs in the balance, giving birth to an ensemble of new heroes.
The stellar cast also boasts big names like Charlie Hunnam, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, Ed Skrein, Michiel Huisman, Doona Bae, and Ray Fisher, an actor familiar to Snyder’s “Justice League” fans. Rekindling their previous harmonious collaborations on projects like “Batman v. Superman,” Tom Holkenborg returns to enhance the film’s ambiance with his musical expertise.
The brains behind “Rebel Moon,” Snyder co-penned the series alongside Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad. He’s candidly shared that cinematic treasures like “Star Wars” and works by the legendary Akira Kurosawa directly inspired him.
“This is my tribute to the sci-fi genre, blended with grand adventure. My aspiration is to evolve this into an expansive IP, laying the foundation for a new universe,” commented the visionary director.
Interestingly, Snyder once proposed an audacious idea for a rated-R “Star Wars” installment post Disney’s acquisition of the iconic franchise in 2012. Rumor mills then hinted at Lucasfilm greenlighting the film, envisioned as the “Seven Samurai” set against a “Star Wars” backdrop. However, alignment of visions seemed elusive as the studio and director eventually took different paths.
Reflecting on this, Snyder remarked, “Though it was a bold proposition, the more I delved into it, the clearer it became that it wouldn’t materialize as I envisioned.”
Mark your calendars, space aficionados! “Rebel Moon Part One: A Child of Fire” is set to grace Netflix on December 22, 2023, with its sequel “Rebel Moon Part Two: The Scargiver” following on April 19, 2024.