Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon: Part One’ Trailer Is Basically A Kurosawa Film In Space

Zack Snyder has never been one to sell his fans short on anything. In the case of his new sci-fi epic, Rebel Moon, we’ve already seen teasers, loads of visual promos, a promise that this is only the first of two parts, with extended editions, as well. It feels like we’ve seen a ton from this movie already, and yet it’s only now that the first full trailer has arrived as part of Netflix’s Geeked Week. And once again, it looks as if Snyder has built a gigantic sci-fi franchise all to himself.

Originally beginning life as Snyder’s vision for a samurai-influenced Star Wars movie, Rebel Moon is a space opera about a ragtag group of warriors battling an evil empire known as the Imperium. Sofia Boutella stars as Kora, a former Imperium soldier now living outside of its influence on the planet Veldt. When the Imperium comes to dominate Veldt, as well, Kora gathers her own forces to fight back.

Joining Kora’s side are ex-Imperium general Titus (Djimon Hounsou), cyborg sword-wielder Nemesis (Doona Bae), mercenary Kai (Charlie Hunnam), brother-sister duo Darrian (Ray Fisher) and Devra (Cleopatra Coleman), blacksmith Tarak (Staz Nair), Kora’s friend Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), mechanical warrior Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), and spider warrior Harmada (Jena Malone).

Also in the cast are Fra Free, Ed Skrein, E. Duffy, Cary Elwes, Stuart Martin, and Corey Stoll. The script by co-writers Kurt Johnstad, and Shay Hatten appears to have been designed to create the complex cinematic universe Snyder has always wanted and that nobody will snatch away from him. He has even gone so far as to say Rebel Moon and Army of the Dead exist in the same universe, which sounds ridiculous but if anybody can make it work, it’s Snyder.

Rebel Moon—Part One: A Child of Fire premieres December 15th for a limited theatrical release, then comes to Netflix the following week. Part Two: The Scargiver, is currently slated to release on April 19th, 2024.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.