Zack Snyder isn’t the only filmmaker who wanted to make a Star Wars movie but never got the chance. Unlike his colleagues, though, he’s still bringing his idea for the galaxy far, far away to the screen, just in a different way. His sci-fi epic about space rebels fighting back against an evil fascist regime is coming to Netflix. And the new trailer for Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire brings all-out war to a different galaxy. Happily, Netflix has also announced the movie will release a little bit earlier than planned.

Seven Samurai meets Star Wars (yes, we know why that is a very funny thing to say) in the latest trailer for Rebel Moon. The film’s new promo was the final reveal from Netflix’s Geeked Week 2023 event. It also gives us our best idea of what to expect from Rebel Moon‘s story. Previous looks at the film focused more on world-building. The streaming site has also provided one of the most in-depth synopses you’ll ever see for Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire.

From Netflix:

After 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.


That’s a lot of info. (In fairness, there’s a whole lot going on in this Rebel Moon trailer. There are lots of strange creatures, worlds, ships, and farming techniques most of us will never understand.) Fortunately, there will still be some mystery left for the actual movie to share.

Snyder shared a video breaking down the Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire trailer. In it, he hints at what’s to come, discusses making the movie, and talks more about the characters.

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire‘s Release Date

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire was slated to come to Netflix on December 22. But now, it will arrive slightly earlier, arriving on Netflix on December 21 at 7pm PT. Part Two: The Scargiver will follow in 2024, releasing on April 19.

Two big-budget films about space rebels? Not a bad consolation prize for not getting to make a Star Wars movie.

Originally published on November 13, 2023.