Now that the seemingly unending Justice League saga has ended, Zack Snyder has moved into his Netflix era. After the zombie heist movie Army of the Dead in 2021, the leading streamer invested heavily in Snyder's new space opera Rebel Moon. The sprawling sci-fi adventure - based on an original story by Snyder - is so massive it will be split in two parts. The first entry, subtitled A Child of Fire, drops in December. The follow-up, called The Scargiver, arrives in 2024.
The films will tell the myth of Kora (Sofia Boutella), a warrior who raises up an army to fight the Imperium (this tale's version of Space Fascists). If that sounds a little like Star Wars, it's not surprising. Snyder originally pitched the story to Lucasfilm more than a decade ago, but the project never came to fruition. It certainly would have been fascinating to see his take on the galaxy far, far away. But they almost certainly wouldn't have let him make it his way, especially with a planned R-rated cut down the road.
Loaded with strong actors, including Djimon Hounsou, Ray Fisher, Charlie Hunnam and Doona Bae, Rebel Moon also includes villains played by Ed Skrein and Fra Free. And yes, that is the distinct voice of Anthony Hopkins you hear in the trailer. He lends his vocal talents to Jimmy, the last remaining android knight in the galaxy. There are also parts for great characters Corey Stoll and Cary Elwes.
Rebel Moon: Part One - A Child of Fire premieres exclusively on Netflix on December 22. Part Two - The Scargiver, is currently scheduled for April 19, 2024.