Casting for  Zack Snyder’s next film, the Star Wars and Kurosawa-influenced Rebel Moon, is starting to come together.

After years of battles with Warner Bros over the making of Justice League and the creative direction of the DC Extended Universe of films, Zack Snyder seems to have found a happy home at Netflix. His next project, Rebel Moon, is said two be an epic two-part ode to Star Wars movies and Kurosawa flicks. Whilst that’s some heavy name-checking to invoke, Snyder appears a supremely confident filmmaker, which only makes the whole project even more intriguing.

Casting for the film is starting to come together with Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Bae Doona and Ray Fisher set to form the ensemble for the two-part sci-fi fantasy feature.

The film promises to be a sci-fi adventure where ‘the story is set in motion when a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. Desperate people dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighbouring planets to help them make a stand.’

Jena Malone, Staz Nair, E Duffy, Charlotte Maggi and Sky Yang will also feature.

According to reports, Snyder originally developed Rebel Moon as an actual Star Wars project over a decade ago for a pre-Disney Lucasfilm. That obviously didn’t work out but he has reportedly retooled the story to exist outside of the Star Wars universe.

With Star Wars movies themselves somewhat in the doldrums these days, it would certainly be a coup for both Snyder and Netflix if the film launches to great success, especially if it appears at the year’s end, traditionally the time for a Star Wars release in recent years. The film is due to go into production in April through to November, meaning we can expect to see it late 2023. Snyder has referenced some big hitters in his announcement, but ambition certainly isn’t something the filmmaker lacks. We’ll let you know when we hear more.

The Hollywood Reporter

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