Rebel Moon star Corey Stoll has nothing but praise for filmmaker Zack Snyder, suggesting that he is an “actor’s director“. Scheduled to be released by Netflix in December this year, the story behind Snyder’s Rebel Moon originally began as an idea for a Star Wars film that he once pitched to Lucasfilm. Once intended to be a single movie, Snyder’s expansive concept for the property inevitably led to it being split into two films.
Most recently Stoll, who also appeared in Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania, spoke with Collider about his work on Snyder’s upcoming sci-fi epic. Suggesting that both the film’s cast and crew “would go to the ends of the earth for him”, he was full of praise for the director’s work ethic, enthusiasm, and approachability. This latest testimonial comes on the heels of similar comments made by Stoll’s fellow Rebel Moon co-star Cleopatra Coleman. Check out Stoll’s own comments below:
He is there in the trenches with everybody. As soon as you walk onto his set, you get a sense that everybody, the cast and the crew, would go to the ends of the earth for him because he’s there covered in dust, 110 degrees in the desert, working these crazy hours with a smile on his face and so it really is a joy to see something on that scale, working on that scale, but with this sense of playfulness and enthusiasm that he has.
Will Rebel Moon Become Netflix’s Next Big Franchise?
Perhaps best known for his role in the early days of the DC Universe, Snyder is no stranger to working within expansive franchises. More recently, however, the Justice League director has been busy building his own cinematic universes for Netflix. Beginning with his 2021 zombie film Army of the Dead, the filmmaker would later go on to expand his burgeoning franchise with a live-action prequel Army of Thieves and an animated series Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas. Snyder has also confirmed that the sequel, Planet of the Dead, will move ahead after he finishes work on Rebel Moon.
While Snyder already has big plans for his Army of the Dead cinematic universe, it would seem that Rebel Moon is also ripe for potential expansions. Originally based on the works of Akira Kurosawa and the Star Wars franchise, Snyder’s upcoming space opera has already been split into two parts. Still, it also has the potential to inform additional sequels and spinoffs. With Disney+ already capitalizing on the popularity of the Star Wars brand with numerous spinoffs of their own, the Rebel Moon universe may very well provide Netflix with an opportunity to even the playing field.
The main question, however, is whether Snyder’s space opera has the potential to be seen as anything more than just a Star Wars clone. While the film’s roots are indelibly connected with George Lucas’ creation, Synder will need to prove that his own world-building skills will allow Rebel Moon to stand on its own two feet. However, if his cast’s confidence in his abilities is any indication, sci-fi audiences may very well be in for a treat.
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