Rebel Moon: Release date, trailer, cast, plot & more

Sam Comrie
Sofia Boutella in the film Rebel Moon

Here’s everything you need to know about Zack Snyder’s Netflix sci-fi epic Rebel Moon, including its release date, trailer, cast, plot, and more.

Snyder is famous for helming DCEU movies such as Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Having long since left the DCEU behind, Snyder is now collaborating with Netflix on an assortment of projects, including Rebel Moon.

The movie has already drawn comparisons to that of the Star Wars franchise and is shaping up to be one of 2023’s hottest blockbusters, and a major holiday hit for the streaming platform.

So, if you’re like us, you’ll want to stay up to speed on all things Rebel Moon. With this in mind, here’s a round-up of everything you need to know about the movie.


Rebel Moon release date: When is it coming out?

Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire will premiere on Netflix at 7 PM PT on December 21, 2023. The second installment, Rebel Moon — Part Two: The Scargiver, will follow on April 19, 2024.

The two-part space epic began filming on April 19, 2022, and wrapped on December 2.

Filmed back-to-back, Zack Snyder’s foray into space warfare will also enjoy a limited theatrical run. Initially, the film was pitched as an Akira Kurosawa-inspired adventure to Star Wars executives, however, it later transformed into the Netflix space opera we know today.

Ori Marmur, who runs Netflix’s Originals studio film group alongside Kira Goldberg, told Variety: “Zack came in with so much passion. This is a film that he’s had in mind for decades.

“As you know, he’s spent so much time working on other people’s IP at other studios. We worked with him on Army of the Dead and we did things that others couldn’t do. We made a film and then a prequel and launched a live experience.

“With Rebel Moon he wanted to push the envelope again. When we saw how big the world he created was we thought it would be better served as two pieces versus one film. It’s the kind of story that can continue to grow. He thinks of it as his take on making something like Star Wars.”

Is there a Rebel Moon trailer?

The official trailer for Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire premiered on November 12. You can watch it below:

The trailer gives fans more insight into the moon of Veldt where Kora, a former member of the Motherworld army Imperium, is trying to recruit warriors from across the galaxy to make a stand against the Motherworld’s forces before they return to the planet to destroy it.

Rebel Moon cast: Who is in it?

Zack Snyder’s thrilling sci-fi tale will star a mix of well-known actors was some newcomers as well as an Oscar award winner. Check out the cast list below:

  • Sofia Boutella as Kora,
  • Djimon Hounsou as General Titus
  • Charlie Hunnam as Kai
  • Michiel Huisman as Gunnar
  • Staz Nair as Tarak
  • Doona Bae as Nemesis
  • Ray Fisher as Darrian Bloodaxe
  • Anthony Hopkins as the voice of Jimmy
  • Jena Malone as Harmada
  • Ed Skrein as Admiral Atticus Noble

Hopkins voices Jimmy, the last member of a race of mechanical knights that served under the fallen king. Jimmy is recruited by Kora to help her cause.

Boutella is best known for playing Gazelle in the Kingsmen franchise. Meanwhile, Charlie Hunnam is one of the film’s most talked about actors, thanks to his role as Jackson ‘Jax’ Teller in Sons of Anarchy.

Rebel Moon plot: What will it be about?

According to Netflix’s synopsis: “In a universe controlled by the corrupt government of the Motherworld, the moon of Veldt is threatened by the forces of the Imperium, the army of the Motherworld controlled by Regent Balisarius. Kora, a former member of the Imperium who seeks redemption for her past in the leadership of the oppressive government, tasks herself to recruit warriors from across the galaxy to make a stand against the Motherworld’s forces before they return to the planet..”

It’s like the “young woman” in question is Sofia Boutella’s Kora, as she gathers a team of heroes to stop Ed Skrein’s dastardly villain.

Zack Snyder told Hollywood Reporter in July 2021: “I’ve spent the last two or three years building out this universe. Every corner has to be painted in. I’ve been doing designs, constantly drawing and really cultivating its fertile ground to make this world fully realized.”

Snyder also revealed to Empire that Rebel Moon was originally a Star Wars film he pitched to Lucasfilm. Ultimately, the proposed project fell apart because Snyder didn’t want to use any of the franchise’s characters. Instead, he wanted “to do [his] own thing on the side.”

Plus, Snyder wanted Rebel Moon to have an R-rating, which wouldn’t have been approved by Disney, who purchased Lucasfilm when Snyder made his pitch, so thankfully his sci-fi epic found its proper home at Netflix.

Rebel Moon — Part One: A Child of Fire will premiere on December 22 through Netflix. In the meantime, you can check out more of our Netflix content below:

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