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January 18, 2023

Tom Holkenborg to Score Zach Snyder’s REBEL MOON

REBEL MOON is an upcoming American epic space opera film directed by Zack Snyder from a screenplay he co-wrote with Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad. The film features an ensemble cast, starring Sofia Boutella, Charlie Hunnam, Ray Fisher, Djimon Hounsou, Jena Malone, Corey Stoll, Ed Skrein, Cleopatra Coleman, Fra Fee, Cary Elwes, and Anthony Hopkins as the voice of Jimmy, a sentient JC1435 mechanized battle robot and one-time defender of the slain King.

Premise: A peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy is threatened by the armies of a tyrannical regent named Balisarius. The desperate civilians dispatch Kora, a young woman who has a mysterious past to seek out warriors from nearby planets to help them challenge the regent.

Concept Art from REBEL MOON. Image via Netflix.

Tom Holkenborg has confirmed he will score REBEL MOON. “Happy to announce that @ZackSnyder and I have reunited once again for the space fantasy epic REBEL MOON, available on @Netflix on December 22nd,” Holkenborg posted in a twitter tweet earlier today. I’m excited for you all to experience this!” Holkenborg has previously scored the Snyder-directed BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, JUSTICE LEAGUE and ARMY OF THE DEAD, and the Snyder-produced 300: RISE OF AN EMPIRE.

REBEL MOON began filming in April last year, and wrapped by December; a follow-up, REBEL MOON PART 2, is scheduled to be shot with the film back-to-back.

Sofia Boutella in REBEL MOON

“REBEL MOON is said to be heavily inspired by STAR WARS, and just this still alone is enough to bring back memories of the Galaxy Far, Far Away,” wrote Rahul Malhotra in a news story in Collider earlier today. “It’s giving major Tatooine and Sand People vibes, and there’s a sense of lived-in reality to the environment. The soft focus isn’t as pronounced as it was in Snyder’s last movie, the zombie heist-thriller ARMY OF THE DEAD, but it’s still there. Snyder served as his own cinematographer on that film, and devised unique lenses that reduced the depth of field basically to inches. He’s also DP-ing on REBEL MOON, but at least as far as this image indicates, he’s reining the bokeh [soft out-of-focus] effect back a bit.”

The picture is a co-production of Netflix, The Stone Quarry, and Grand Electric, and is set to release on Netflix on December 22, 2023, with a limited theatrical release nearby.

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