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REVIEW: Sci-fi epic ‘Rebel Moon’ kicks off with disastrous first installment 

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DUBAI: Netflix this week dropped the trailer for “Rebel Moon — Part 2: The Scargiver,” starring French Algerian actress and dancer Sofia Boutella.

The film, directed by Zack Snyder, is set to premiere on April 19, 2024.

“Rebel Moon — Part 2: The Scargiver” continues the epic saga of Kora, played by Boutella, and the surviving warriors as they prepare to sacrifice everything, fighting alongside the brave people of Veldt, to defend a once peaceful village, a newfound homeland for those who have lost their own in the fight against the Motherworld.

On the eve of their battle, the warriors must face the truths of their pasts, revealing why they fight. As the full force of the Realm bears down on the burgeoning rebellion, unbreakable bonds are forged, heroes emerge, and legends are made.

“A gift for the fans — and rebels,” Boutella wrote on her Instagram Stories, sharing the new trailer.

“(The) teaser for ‘Rebel Moon — Part 2: The Scargiver’ with an additional scene. April 19 only on Netflix,” she added.

The first part of “Rebel Moon” was released on Dec. 22, 2023 on Netflix.

In a previous interview, Boutella told Arab News that she found several parallels between Kora and herself. Like Kora, Boutella grew up as an immigrant, and the struggle to find acceptance not just as a newcomer but as a woman is something they both share.

“Various aspects drew me to Kora; a big one was the chance to play a lead female character,” Boutella said. “I think that’s important. I’m grateful for Zack for thinking of having a woman as the lead character in his movie — whether it was me or someone else.”

Aside from the rare opportunity to be a woman leading an action movie, Boutella also welcomed the chance to shape a character who diverges from the archetypal hero.

“What drew me to the project was playing a character that was complicated and conflicted,” she explained. “From a drama perspective, it was ticking all the boxes: I get to do an action film with the best visual guy ever and play the most dramatic character ever.”

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