Filming has begun on Zack Snyder’s upcoming sci-fi adventure film, Rebel Moon.
Snyder shared three behind-the-scenes photos from the first day of filming on the Netflix movie, Rebel Moon. “It’s begun,” the director wrote in the caption, offering a first look at the revamped Star Wars film.
Snyder’s photos mark the first official look at the sci-fi epic after the director released official concept art for the film in December 2021.”Rebel Moon concept art… we are in full swing heading toward principal photography in a few months,” he wrote in the caption.
Rebel Moon focuses on a peaceful colony settled at the edge of space whose world is turned upside down went they are attacked by the armies of the dictator, Belisarius. For their own survival, the colonists send Kora, played by Sofia Boutella, as an emissary to seek help from neighboring planets. Along with Boutella, the film features a large ensemble cast consisting of actors Cary Elwes, Corey Stoll Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Ray Fisher (Justice League), Doona Bae, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy, Charlotte Maggi and Sky Yang. Also joining the cast are Obi-Wan Kenobi star Rubert Friend and Army of Thieves actor Stuart Martin, though the nature of their roles has not yet been disclosed.
Rebel Moon was initially intended as Snyder’s own pitch for a potential Star Wars film, meant to be a darker take on George Lucas’ sci-fi universe. Nearly ten years later, after reaching a deal with Netflix, the film was revamped and now Snyder hopes to Rebel Moon into an expansive franchise similar to his Army of the Dead series.
“This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan,” Snyder said in July 2021. “It’s my love of sci-fi and a giant adventure. My hope is that this also becomes a massive IP and a universe that can be built out. 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.” According to previous reports, production on Rebel Moon is expected to last until November 2022 and will be split into two feature films.
Directed by Snyder, with a screenplay by Snyder, 300 co-screenwriter Kurt Johnstad and Army of the Dead co-writer Shay Hatten, Rebel Moon does not yet have a release date and will stream on Netflix.
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