In a chat with Empire’s 2024 Preview, Snyder discussed the intriguing titles of ‘Rebel Moon’ Part One and Part Two.
Snyder said, “We had the titles for a long time.” Snyder added, “A Child of Fire has a double meaning. The Child of Fire could be Princess Issa—this myth runs through the stories. The robots that we refer to as Jimmy, the Anthony Hopkins character, were created to protect the unborn Issa and lost all their purpose when she was assassinated. Kora [Sofia Boutella’s character] is also a child of fire; she was a war orphan. Her home was burned down, and she was snatched up and brought into the army.”
“[Kora’s] nickname is the Scargiver, which is also related to her relationship with Princess Issa,” teases Snyder. “Those two myths are braided together in a pretty cool way, I think.” And it sounds like plenty of scars will be given out in the concluding chapter. “The second movie is really a war movie,” Snyder says. “At the beginning, they harvest the crops, and we have a bunch of stuff in the village, sort of the ‘Why We Fight’ aspect of the movie. We have time for relationships. Then the next thing is the big battle. It’s really fun.”
After a crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Ed Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld.
Tasked with finding fighters who would risk their lives to defend the people of Veldt, Kora and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tenderhearted farmer naive in the realities of war, journey to different worlds in search of the Bloodaxes, and assemble a small band of warriors who share a common need for redemption along the way: 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 resistance fighter. Back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding in the wings, awakens with a new purpose. But the newly formed revolutionaries must learn to trust each other and fight as one before the armies of the Motherworld come to destroy them all.
The film stars Sofia Boutella as Kora, Djimon Hounsou as General Titus, Ed Skrein as Balisarius, Michiel Huisman, Doona Bae, Ray Fisher as Blood Axe, Staz Nair, Charlie Hunnam, Anthony Hopkins as Jimmy (voice role), Jena Malone, Stuart Martin, Corey Stoll, Cary Elwes, Alfonso Herrera, Cleopatra Coleman, Fra Fee, Rhian Rees, and Ray Porter. See the cast’s first-look images.
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon is a two-part movie event, that kicks off this December:
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