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Zack Snyder Casts Cary Elwes & Corey Stoll For 'Rebel Moon' 

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By Kristin Myers on April 9, 2022 at 1:00 PM EDT

There is good news for fans interested in Zack Snyder’s new film, “Rebel Moon.”

About a decade ago, Snyder was pitching the idea for his film to “Star Wars” creator George Lucas, who sold Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012, which put an end to Snyder’s dreams of making a “Star Wars” film for more “mature” audiences.

Regardless, Snyder decided to continue with the idea for his film and dubbed it “Rebel Moon,” which Netflix secured the rights to last December. On Friday night, The Hollywood Reporter revealed a few famous faces who have signed on to the project.

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‘The Princess Bride’ Actor Cary Elwes Joins Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon’

CARY ELWES at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Cary Elwes, who has since gone on to star in Netflix’s “Stranger Things” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” has become attached to the project. He will be joined by Corey Stoll, who starred in “The Strain” series and made an appearance in 2012’s Oscar-nominated “West Side Story.”

“Game of Thrones” actor Michiel Huisman and “Sense8” actor Alfonso Herrera are also recent additions to the cast, which stars Sofia Boutella as the leading character. The ensemble cast also includes “Justice League” actor Ray Fisher, “Sons of Anarchy” actor Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, Doona Bae, Rupert Friend, and Stuart Martin.

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Zack Snyder's 'Rebel Moon' Features An Ensemble Cast Starring Corey Stoll & More

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According to Deadline, “Atomic Blonde” star Sofia Boutella is playing the leader of a peaceful colony that is located on the edge of the galaxy. When a tyrannical army called the Regent Balisarius (not the Galactic Empire) threatens their existence, they’re forced to take a stand against their oppressors.

They send a young woman to find warriors (not Jedi) on neighboring planets to help them defend their home. Although there are still subtle nods to its “Star Wars” origins woven throughout the plot, fans can’t wait to see what original elements the “Dawn of the Dead” director has in store for fans.

Although details for the other actors have yet to be revealed, it’s been announced that Cary Elwes will play the “king” of Snyder’s new Empire.

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Zack Snyder Gives Fans A First-Look At 'Rebel Moon' Concept Art

Rebel Moon Concept Art
Vero / Zack Snyder

On December 29, the “Justice League” director took to social media platform Vero to share a first look at some “Rebel Moon” concept art.

“We are in full swing heading towards principal photography in a few months,” Snyder wrote in the caption.

In the photo, black soldiers wearing capes and carrying large firearms are seen marching toward the viewer. Large black columns can be seen protruding through the earth at different points. The air is thick with dust and smoke, giving the atmosphere a bit of a horror video game vibe.

At one point, the soldiers marching through the area were most likely envisioned to be Stormtroopers; however, these soldiers seem similar in construction to the Death Troopers that were introduced later in the “Star Wars” franchise with their black armor.

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Fans 'Can't Wait' For 'Rebel Moon'

Star Wars Death Troopers

Fans left hundreds of comments on the concept art, praising the first glimpse of the film.

“I can’t wait for this,” one fan wrote.

“I am so excited for this movie,” another fan wrote. “I’m actually excited for every work of yours.”

“Already hyped for this one…” another commented. “Hope it will give us the same Synder vibes as Snyderverse.”

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Zack Snyder Is Bringing On An All-Star Team For TWO ‘Rebel Moon’ Films


Production for the film will start in November, although THR reported that Snyder’s plan is to split the project into two films, similar to “Dune.” If the films prove popular, it’s possible that there could be a number of spin-offs made as well.

Snyder will direct the feature. He has co-wrote the script with “Army of the Dead” co-screenwriter Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote “300.” Snyder is also producing the film with his wife, producer Deborah Snyder, and Wesley Coller through their The Stone Quarry production banner. Eric Newman of Grand Electric is also producing.

No release date for the project has yet to be announced, but considering it's been years since 2019's “The Rise of Skywalker” was released in theaters, fans can't wait for Snyder's unique take on the franchise to finally be released.

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