Is Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon’ a Queer ‘Star Wars’?

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The Justice League director said the film is “a lot more freaky” than the LucasFilm franchise and introduces a nonbinary character in the first installment.

In the vast expanse of cinematic adventures, director Zack Snyder is set to take audiences on a thrilling journey to the farthest reaches of the universe with his upcoming Netflix movie, Rebel Moon. Scheduled to be a multi-part saga, the film promises a stellar cast, an engaging plot, and groundbreaking inclusivity by introducing a nonbinary character, Milius, portrayed by the talented E. Duffy.


Plot Overview: A Child of Fire

The narrative unfolds on a moon nestled in the outermost corners of the cosmos, where Kora (Sofia Boutella), a mysterious stranger with an enigmatic past, crash-lands and embarks on a new life among a peaceful community of farmers. However, tranquility is short-lived as the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his ruthless emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), reveal that the farmers have inadvertently sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher). The Bloodaxes, leaders of a formidable group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld, now pose a grave threat to the settlers of Veldt.

Kora, thrust into the role of the settlers’ only hope, teams up with Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tender-hearted farmer unfamiliar with the harsh realities of war. Together, they embark on a quest across diverse worlds to assemble a band of warriors willing to risk their lives to defend Veldt. Along the way, they recruit a motley crew with a shared need for redemption: Kai (Charlie Hunnam), a pilot and gun-for-hire; General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona Bae), a master swordswoman; Tarak (Staz Nair), a captive with a regal past; and Milius (E. Duffy), a courageous resistance fighter.


As the revolutionaries strive to form an unbreakable alliance, back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector, awakens with a renewed sense of purpose. The newly formed band of rebels must learn to trust one another and unite as a formidable force before the armies of the Motherworld descend upon them, threatening to obliterate everything in their path.

Star-Studded Cast: A Galaxy of Talent

Zack Snyder has assembled a stellar cast to bring the characters of Rebel Moon to life. Sofia Boutella, known for her dynamic performances in films like Kingsman: The Secret Service and Atomic Blonde, takes on the role of Kora, the central figure in this cosmic tale. Fra Fee (Hawkeye) and Ed Skrein (Deadpool) lend their formidable talents as the antagonists, Regent Balisarius and Admiral Noble, respectively.

The ensemble further includes Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) as the roguish pilot Kai, Djimon Hounsou as the legendary General Titus, Doona Bae as the skilled swordswoman Nemesis, Staz Nair as the regally burdened Tarak, and E. Duffy as the courageous Milius. Additionally, the legendary Anthony Hopkins lends his distinctive voice to the ancient mechanized protector, Jimmy.


Why Rebel Moon is NOT a Star Wars Film

In 2012, director Zack Snyder initially proposed his ambitious two-part sci-fi film Rebel Moon to Kathleen Kennedy, the head of Lucasfilm, envisioning it as a potential Star Wars trilogy. Reflecting on the breakdown in negotiations, Snyder remarked, “In the end, it would have been a cage I was living in. So in the end it allowed me to be a lot more freaky.”

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire will be released on Netflix on December 22.

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