Rebel Moon: release date, trailer, confirmed cast, plot synopsis, and more

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Sofia Boutella's Kora clutches a weapon arsenic she looks down her successful Rebel Moon
Rebel Moon, Zack Snyder's caller movie, is being released connected Netflix successful 2 parts. (Image credit: Netflix)

Rebel Moon: cardinal information

- Part One arrives successful December, Part Two successful April 2024
- Directed by Zack Snyder
- Stars Sofia Boutella, Djimon Hounsou, and Charlie Hunnam among others
- Inspired by Star Wars and Akira Kurosawa
- Idea repurposed aft Snyder's Star Wars movie transportation was rejected
- Official trailer released successful August; 2nd trailer coming November 12
- Plot synopsis revealed
- R-rated versions and Snyder Cut version coming successful precocious 2024
- Will spawn a Rebel Moon universe, which is shared pinch Snyder's different Netflix movie Army of nan Dead

Rebel Moon is group to beryllium Zack Snyder's adjacent tentpole movie and his 2nd exclusive movie for Netflix. After spending a whopping 11 years successful accumulation – and moreover longer successful improvement – nan abstraction epic is almost here. And, susurration it quietly, it could extremity up being nan writer-director’s magnum opus.

Likened by immoderate arsenic Snyder’s very ain Star Wars aliases Dune, nan imagination abstraction opera is going to beryllium astatine nan apical of galore people’s vacation play movie lists. Indeed, we wouldn't beryllium amazed if it sneaks onto our best Netflix movies guideline earlier 2023 ends, depending connected really good it's received.

Until nan first measurement successful this caller Snyder-Verse is taken, though, here’s everything you request to cognize astir 1 of nan year's last new Netflix movies. From merchandise dates for its 2 halves and its formed list, to its crippled synopsis and that epic trailer, beneath is simply a useful guideline to what to expect from Rebel Moon.

Rebel Moon merchandise date

A hooded Kora stares astatine thing successful nan region successful Rebel Moon connected Netflix

Rebel Moon has been divided successful 2 astatine Netflix's request. (Image credit: Chris Strother/Netflix)

We already knew that Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon would lead Netflix's breathtaking 2023 movie line-up, but it wasn't until precocious August that nan world's best streaming work announced its charismatic merchandise date.

And, by merchandise date, we evidently mean two. Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire debuts connected Netflix globally connected Friday, December 22. Per Variety, it's besides getting a very constricted 70mm theatrical merchandise betwixt December 15 and 21, too, but you'll request to sojourn 1 of nan 4 cinemas listed beneath to drawback it:

  • Egyptian Theatre (Los Angeles)
  • Paris Theater (New York City)
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox (Toronto)
  • Prince Charles Cinema (London)

Once Part One is released, Snyder fans and wide cinephiles will person a 4 period hold connected their hands for its sequel. Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver will get connected April 19, 2024.

But wait, there's more. In June, we reported you'll beryllium capable to watch 2 different cuts of Rebel Moon, pinch R-rated cuts group to get connected nan streamer successful precocious 2024 (per Variety). Snyder has besides confirmed that that a director's trim is besides being worked on, which will stitch nan 2 movies together into a azygous entity. Clearly, Snyder wants Rebel Moon's director's trim to trial your movie runtime limits.

Rebel Moon trailer

Rebel Moon's charismatic teaser trailer was released successful precocious August – and it showed disconnected nan spectacularly imaginative and slow-mo-infused flick successful each its glory.

Indeed, if location was immoderate uncertainty that Rebel Moon is Netflix's terrific reply to Star Wars, this ridiculously agelong teaser (well, agelong by teaser trailer standards) proved it. Despite nan magnitude of footage connected show, it doesn't springiness excessively overmuch distant astir nan movie's plot, either. You'll request to publication its communicative synopsis successful our crippled conception for much specifications connected that.

What it does show, though, is Snyder and Netflix aren't holding backmost successful attempting to present different gorgeous-looking, imaginative beingness for audiences to get mislaid in. Quite frankly, we can't hold to do so, either.

Rebel Moon is besides group to return nan spotlight arsenic portion of 2023's Geeked Week – it's one of 8 Netflix movies and TV shows we're excited to study much about – connected Sunday, November 12, pinch a caller trailer debuting connected that date. Expect much action-packed, dramatically thrilling, and awe-inspiring sci-fi shots to beryllium shown disconnected shortly.

Rebel Moon cast

A promotional image of nan main rebel group successful Netflix's Rebel Moon movie

Rebel Moon's formed is afloat of recognizable faces. (Image credit: Clay Enos/Netflix)

Here's nan charismatic formed for Rebel Moon, which Netflix offered a first look astatine each nan measurement backmost successful February 2022:

  • Sofia Boutella arsenic Kora 
  • Djimon Hounsou arsenic General Titus 
  • Charlie Hunnam arsenic Kai 
  • Michiel Huisman arsenic Gunnar 
  • Staz Nair arsenic Tarak 
  • Doona Bae arsenic Nemesis 
  • Ray Fisher arsenic Darrian Bloodaxe 
  • Cleopatra Coleman arsenic Devra Bloodaxe 
  • Ed Skrein arsenic Admiral Atticus Noble 
  • Fra Fee arsenic Regent Balisarius 
  • E. Duffy arsenic Millius 
  • Jena Malone arsenic Harmada 
  • Anthony Hopkins arsenic Jimmy 

Boutella's Kora is nan prima of this peculiar show. A erstwhile personnel of nan tyrannical Imperium (think Star Wars' Galactic Empire), Kora is nan 1 who rallies warriors from crossed nan postulation to conflict against nan oppressive regime, pinch galore of nan supra joining nan telephone to arms. That includes Hounsou's Titus, different Imperium rebel, and Hunnam's mercenary starship aviator Kai.

Boutella told Vanity Fair that Kora represents nan thought of group who tally from their problems, until that becomes an rumor successful itself: "She knows nan guilt that she’s been surviving with, and nan first measurement of her redemption is doing thing astir it alternatively of going away. I deliberation that, arsenic overmuch arsenic it is sci-fi, it’s a very quality story."

Two of nan astir esoteric parts will beryllium played by Malone, who plays a spider-being called Harmada, and Hopkins, who voices a centuries-old mechanical-knight-like robot called Jimmy.

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On nan antagonists' side, Fee's Balisarius and Skrein's Noble are nan astir notable. The erstwhile is nan Imperium's fascist leader, pinch nan second their loyal right-hand man.

"I’ve played antagonists astatine points successful my profession successful nan past, and I deliberation erstwhile I’ve done it well, I’ve been capable to adhd immoderate benignant of humanity and immoderate benignant of empathy to nan characters," Skrein told Vanity Fair. "This is simply a spot different. With this character, I pointedly chose to time off humanity retired of it wholly for nan first time."

In summation to nan above, location are a number of different actors who person been formed successful undisclosed roles. Stuart Martin, Corey Stoll, Cary Elwes, Alfonso Herrera, Rhian Rees, and Ray Porter are among that contingent.

Rebel Moon plot: synopsis and rumors

Atticus Noble walks down a ramp pinch immoderate Imperium soldiers successful Rebel Moon

Admiral Atticus Noble is 1 of nan superior villains successful Rebel Moon. (Image credit: Justin Lubin/Netflix)

Rebel Moon's charismatic crippled synopsis sounds arsenic follows: "After clang landing connected a satellite successful nan furthest reaches of nan universe, Kora (Boutella), a alien pinch a mysterious past, originates a caller life among a serene colony of farmers. But she soon becomes their only dream for endurance erstwhile nan tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fee) and his sadistic emissary, Admiral Noble (Skrein), observe nan farmers person unwittingly sold their crops to nan Bloodaxes (Coleman and Fisher) – leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by nan Motherworld. 

"Tasked pinch uncovering fighters who would consequence their lives to take sides nan group of Veldt, Kora and Gunnar (Huisman), a tenderhearted husbandman naive successful nan realities of war, travel to different worlds successful hunt of nan Bloodaxes, and combine a mini set of warriors who stock a communal request for redemption on nan way: Kai (Hunnam), a aviator and weapon for hire; General Titus (Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona), a maestro swordswoman; Tarak (Nair), a captive pinch a regal past; and Milius (Duffy), a guidance fighter. 

"Back connected Veldt, Jimmy (Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding successful nan wings, awakens pinch a caller purpose. But nan recently formed revolutionaries must study to spot each different and conflict arsenic 1 earlier nan armies of nan Motherworld travel to destruct them all."

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Speaking to Netflix Tudum astir what inspired nan film's 'band of brothers' approach, Snyder said: "I’ve ever loved this thought of these underdog teams going against intolerable odds. Even successful college, erstwhile they would inquire america what benignant of a movie we were going to make erstwhile we sewage retired of school, I said 'I’m going to make a abstraction team-building underdog movie'. And truthful it went connected to nan backmost burner for a agelong time."

Rebel Moon, then, has been successful improvement for a long time. In fact, arsenic we alluded to earlier, it evolved into a plausible Star Wars project, pinch Snyder telling Tudum it "saw ray concisely arsenic a [potential] Star Wars movie". However, aft pitching it to Lucasfilm astir 2012 (a transportation that was rejected), Snyder and institution reworked it into its existent communicative and beingness (more connected this later), pinch nan writer-director adding: "It conscionable felt like, during nan pandemic, it really gestated into a existent movie. While Army of nan Dead was astir apt still successful post, I was pitching it to Netflix arsenic a follow-up, what I wanted to do next."

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Alongside nan evident comparisons to Star Wars, Snyder besides revealed (via) The Hollywood Reporter that location was different large power connected him and nan resulting film. "This is maine increasing up arsenic an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan," he said successful 2021. "It’s my emotion of sci-fi and a elephantine adventure". Snyder has besides cited The Magnificent Seven, The Dirty Dozen, and Seven Samurai arsenic different large inspirations connected this flick.

Like Army of nan Dead, Snyder’s first task nether his Netflix woody – and viewed by 72 cardinal group successful its first 4 weeks, according to nan streamer's in-house information – which has now expanded retired into prequel and sequel films, he plans to do nan aforesaid pinch Rebel Moon, saying: "My dream is that this besides becomes a monolithic IP and a beingness that tin beryllium built out." Pah, who needs nan DC Extended Universe (DCEU) anyway?

Rebel Moon's early connected Netflix

Tarak bows down to a hippogriff-like animal successful Netflix's Rebel Moon

Rebel Moon exists successful nan aforesaid beingness arsenic Army of nan Dead. (Image credit: Netflix)

As we mentioned successful our merchandise day section, for those who for illustration their films a small much graphic, Rebel Moon will get an R-rated extended cut, successful summation to its original PG-13-rated cut, arsenic good arsenic releasing a Snyder Cut, too. 

"The director’s trim is adjacent to an hr of other content, truthful I deliberation it’s a morganatic extended beingness version," Snyder told Tudum. "The director’s [cut] is simply a settle-in heavy dive, which I person notoriously done passim my career. I don’t cognize really I sewage into this director’s trim thing, but what I will opportunity astir it is that, for me, nan director’s cuts person ever been thing I had to conflict for successful nan past and cipher wanted it. It was this bastard kid that I was ever trying to put together because they felt for illustration location was a deeper version. 

“And pinch Netflix, we changeable scenes conscionable for nan director’s cut. So successful that way, it’s really a revelation because it gives that 2nd footwear astatine nan tin for large fans, for illustration a existent find that they would not [otherwise] get."

The sequel, Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver, was filmed astatine nan aforesaid clip arsenic its predecessor, truthful there’s not agelong to hold astatine each for nan follow-up film, either.

Deborah Synder, nan director's woman and producing partner, besides explained to Vanity Fair nan logic that nan movie was divided successful two: "[Netflix boss] Scott Stuber was like, ‘On nan service, under-two-hour movies really do amended for immoderate reason,’ moreover though you’ll binge-watch a bid of 8 episodes. 

"Zack said ‘If you inquire maine to make this little than 2 hours, I’m going to suffer each nan character. You won’t attraction astir these people. It’s a characteristic communicative astir really group tin change, and redemption, and what are you consenting to conflict for…’ So he said ‘What if I springiness you 2 movies?’” As nan saying goes, nan remainder is history.

Speaking of history, there's plentifulness much that could beryllium explored successful Rebel Moon's beingness – one it amazingly shares pinch Army of nan Dead, successful truth – if nan 2 movies beryllium successful. In a New York Times article, it's suggested Rebel Moon's main communicative will really beryllium told crossed a trilogy of films, truthful it's imaginable different introduction will beryllium greenlit (if it hasn't already been secretly) successful nan adjacent future.

This is conscionable nan commencement of an expansive caller IP for Netflix, too, if Snyder gets his way. Speaking to Total Film, he revealed his ambitions to make an animated series, an animated comic book (whatever that is), and a narrative-driven podcast, which will unfastened up nan beingness to fans of each forms of media. Oh, and a co-op action video crippled is coming from Super Evil Megacorp, too, arsenic nan tweet successful our crippled conception confirms.

Much depends connected really good Rebel Moon's 2 films do first but, if we cognize thing astir Snyder's legion of fans, they'll guarantee it's celebrated and successful capable to merit much stories. Roll connected Part Two and immoderate comes our way, we say.

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Laura Martin is an intermezo journalist who covers TV, film, and music. She's written for galore large publications, including TechRadar, Esquire, BBC Culture, The Guardian, and The one newspaper. Her favourite stories usually impact prestige TV drama, reality TV, aliases true-life documentaries. Basically, nan much obscure, nan better!

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