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Rebel Moon Netflix Release Date, Cast, And Plot - What We Know So Far

After the huge success of Zack Snyder's "Army of the Dead" on Netflix, it isn't surprising that the streaming service is interested in bringing more of the director's ideas to life. Following all the trials and tribulations of the "Justice League" debacle, and the positive reception of the long-awaited "Snyder Cut," Zack Snyder has become an even bigger name in the industry than he already was. Plus, it's now very clear that he has an exceptionally dedicated group of fans who will undoubtedly support his future creative endeavors outside of the DC Extended Universe.

It isn't surprising, then, that the director recently announced his next project for the streaming service. The upcoming movie will be titled "Rebel Moon," and it will jump into a completely different sci-fi subgenre for Zack Snyder, as it'll be set in a galaxy far, far away... no, not that one. Thankfully, Snyder has already been quite candid about what to expect from "Rebel Moon," what his influences were, and where his big idea for this upcoming war among the stars first came from.

So let's take a look at what we know so far about Netflix's "Rebel Moon," who might join up with it, and when the film may arrive.

What's the release date of Netflix's Rebel Moon?

It could be quite some time before work gets going on the Netflix original movie, since Zack Snyder is currently busy overseeing the animated "Army of the Dead" prequel series titled "Lost Vegas" — which is set to chart the origin of a number of characters from the main film. He's also producing "Army of Thieves" following Matthias Schweighöfer's character, Ludwig Dieter, which will be set during the early days of the outbreak.

However, when speaking to The Hollywood Reporter about this new cosmic adventure, Zack Snyder explained that he's hoping to get production off the ground at the start of 2022. This gives us a rough idea of when the film will debut on the streaming service, putting it around mid-2023 ... depending on how fast the production goes of course. That's obviously a pretty long wait for the film, but knowing Snyder's social media presence, he'll most likely reveal more information about the project in the months to come, by putting out cryptic teases or shots in the run-up to filming.

As the director revealed to THR, he's been working on this movie, on the side, for quite some time: "I've spent the last two or three years building out this universe. Every corner has to be painted in." He also added, "I've been doing designs, constantly drawing and really cultivating its fertile ground to make this world fully realized." So it's probably wise to keep an eye on his all-important Vero account for anything remotely "Rebel Moon" related.

Who's in the cast of Netflix's Rebel Moon?

Obviously, since filming on "Rebel Moon" won't get started for quite some time, neither Zack Snyder or Netflix has revealed who will be in the cast of the film. But it wouldn't be surprising if the director reached out to actors he's worked with on past projects to see if they're interested in collaborating on a brand new franchise to call their own. It's likely that he's had certain stars in mind for some of the roles for quite some time, as he told THR that, in his words, "I've been working on this on the side for so long, it's pretty far along."

Since he's looking to flesh out a franchise of his own, rather than playing in someone else's sandbox, it seems likely that Snyder might cast younger stars for "Rebel Moon," so that if it's a success, they can come back for multiple spin-offs, sequels, and prequels. In the director's own words "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."

Will some past Snyder alums come back for the ride? Ella Purnell was definitely underused in "Army of the Dead," so it would be cool to see her take the lead role in "Rebel Moon," if her schedule isn't too packed in 2022.

What's the plot of Netflix's Rebel Moon?

As per The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive report, the plot for "Rebel Moon" originally started out as Zack Snyder's pitch for a "Star Wars" movie. 

Snyder, for the record, is not shying away from that fact at all. As he noted, "This is me growing up as an Akira Kurosawa fan, a Star Wars fan." His pitch was described as a "mature" take on the galaxy far, far away — which isn't so surprising when looking at Snyder's taste for brutal, slow-motion fight scenes.

The main plot itself sounds straight out of the "Star Wars" universe, with THR writing that, "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, the colonists dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them make a stand."

Now, what are the odds that those warriors would have been Jedi, if Snyder had got the "Star Wars" keys? But anyway! It's an interesting premise, and it'll be interesting to see who the director picks to lead his cast as the heroic young woman tasked with assembling a team of heroes — Ella Purnell would definitely be a cool choice. Balisaurius seems like the type of villain with a commanding gravitas, so how about Omari Hardwick? He's already worked with Snyder in "Army of the Dead" and audiences have already seen the star play an intimidating figure in the Starz series "Power."

Hopefully Zack Snyder will reveal more about Netflix's "Rebel Moon" sooner, rather than later.