Zack Snyder has completed the casting for his highly anticipated Rebel Moon with Charlie Hunnam and Djimon Hounsou headlining the Netflix sci-fi fantasy.
As revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, Ray Fisher, Bae Donna, Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E. Duffy, Charlotte Maggi and Sky Yang have also signed on for roles. The project is slated for a long shoot of April to November as Snyder plans to film an ambitious two parts back-to-back.
Sofia Boutella will lead the ensemble as a young woman with a mysterious past seeking out warriors from neigbouring planets to make a stand against the tyrannical regent named Belisarius and his armies.
Character details are being kept firmly under wraps in the mind of the legendary filmmaker, but sources have told THR that Hounsou is playing General Titus (however, it’s unknown if he’s a good/bad guy). Meanwhile, Bae is a villain who’s proficient with a sword and Fisher will be a resistance fighter named Blood Axe which I, for one, love the name because it’s so Snyder.
It’s a cracking cast the filmmaker has brought together and, similar to Guy Ritchie, Hunnam is a perfect Snyder guy and while not confirmed, I think he’ll be the villainous Bellsarius.
Snyder has co-written the script with his Army of the Dead co-screenwriter Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote Snyder’s live-action adaptation of Frank Miller’s 300.
Additionally, the Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Justice League director has unveiled some concept artwork giving us a vibe of the film. It’s typical to his style, they’re beautifully drawn and highlights the fantasy, with one of possibly Bellsarius in military uniform that has a Nazi/Soviet Union look.
I honestly can’t wait for when we see the official reveal of these cast as their characters in uniform because it’s great to see Snyder really going out and creating his own projects and universes.
With his Deadverse and now Rebel Moon, this partnership with the streaming service seems to be the best thing Snyder and his producing partner Deborah have done in their careers, and while I will forever love to see him handle more DC projects at Warner Bros, as they are loving the freedom.