Beginning life as Zack Snyder’s wild idea for a Star Wars movie, Rebel Moon has taken a new life of its own at Netflix. The epic space opera is being revealed like never before courtesy of new images from Vanity Fair, taking us into a very different galaxy far far away as rebel forces battle a tyrannical empire.
Snyder, along with wife and producer Deborah Snyder, confirmed that Rebel Moon will be a two-parter, due to the original version being 172-pages long and clocking in around 3-hours in length. Netflix wasn’t too keen on that, so the decision was made to split up the movie.
However, there will be different cuts of the movie. The earliest version will be one “that anyone can enjoy”, Snyder says, while a later cut will be for “people who are ready to take a deeper, harder dive.”
The film stars Sofia Boutella as Kora, a young woman newly-arrived on the ordinary planet Veldt, who rallies them to resist the oppressive rule of the Mother World. Typical for Snyder, the cast is large and features numerous actors that Snyder has worked with in the past, along with some new faces. Ed Skrein, Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae, Corey Stoll, Cary Elwes, Ray Fisher, Sofia Boutella, Stuart Martin, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy, Charlotte Maggi, Alfonso Herrera, Michiel Huisman,Cleopatra Coleman, Fra Fee, and Sky Yang co-star.
Here’s the synopsis: “A peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. Desperate people dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand.”
Snyder not only directs, but co-wrote the screenplay with 300 writer Kurt Johnstad and Army of the Dead‘s Shay Hatten.
Rebel Moon part one hits Netflix on December 22nd, and there will be a theatrical component as well.