Zack Snyder is set to direct, write and produce his upcoming space opera sci-fi fantasy Rebel Moon for Netflix. The film is currently in pre-production, with production expected to begin later this year, and is set to release on Netflix in 2024. It is part of Netflix’s multi-year deal with Snyder, previously making the films Army of the Dead and Army of thieves for the streamer. Rebel Moon has now added new cast members including Corey Stroll and Cary Elwes.
The Hollywood Reporter reported that Corey Stroll(House of Cards and Ant-Man) and Cary Elwes(Saw and Stranger things) had joined the film along with Dutch actor Michiel Huisman(The Flight Attendant and Game of Thrones) and Mexican actor Alfonso Herrera(Sense8 and Ozark). Stroll has also recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, while Elwes has recently made a triumphant return to acting with Netflix’s Stranger Things and the Mission Impossible franchise after previously starring in classics like The Princess Bride.
As revealed by Variety on February 9th, Rebel Moon is a sci-fi fantasy saga being created for Netflix that takes inspiration from Seven Samurai and Star Wars and has an Akira Kurosawa vibe to it. Originally, starting as a Star Wars film pitch nearly a decade ago, before Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012. Snyder co-wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad. It follows a mysterious young girl(Sofia Boutella) who must embark on a recruitment mission across the galaxy to locate mercenary soldiers that will aid a peaceful rebellion against the military advances of the tyrannical Regent Belisarius.
Elwes will play the king of the galactic empire, while details for the other actors were not revealed. The film’s cast includes Sofia Boutella in the starring role along with Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy, Charlotte Maggi, and Sky Yang. Fisher also worked with Snyder on Zack Snyder’s Justice League as Cyborg and Malone co-starred in the Snyder’s Sucker Punch.
Production for the film will last until November with a plan to split the project into two films. There are also plans of making other spin-offs from the film, in the same way, Star Wars previously has done with films like Rogue One and shows like The Mandalorian.