Rebel Moon director's cuts will add to the story – and not just be deleted scenes

Ed Skrein in Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon
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Rebel Moon, Zack Snyder's sci-fi epic based on an old Star Wars pitch, is hitting Netflix in two parts. 

In classic Zack Snyder fashion, though, the director is already working on R-rated director's cuts of each film that will offer deeper character beats and even more gloriously violent speedramped action. But, these will be unique from regular director's cuts for a key reason. 

"The difference [this time] is that we've planned for it… it's not an afterthought," producer Deborah Snyder tells Total Film magazine in the new issue, which hits newsstands on Thursday, October 12 and features Ridley Scott on the cover. "We're still tweaking, but they'll probably be 45-minutes to an hour longer, each one. You get more character. You get a lot more of everything. It's not just a few deleted scenes."

The films see a peaceful colony threatened by the sinister Imperium, with a lone warrior – Sofia Boutella's Kora – setting off to gather allies to make a stand against the enemies. Charlie Hunnam, Michiel Huisman, Djimon Hounsou, Bae Doona, Ray Fisher, Jena Malone and Ed Skrein co-star. 

You can see a new, menacing look at Skrein as his villainous character in our exclusive image above. 

Rebel Moon Part One: A Child of Fire will land on Netflix this December 22, while Part Two: The Scargiver will drop just four months later in April, after both films were shot and edited simultaneously. 

For more on the film, feast your eyes on the new issue of Total Film when it hits shelves and digital newsstands on Thursday, October 12. Check out the covers below:

Total Film's Ridley Scott covers

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Jordan Farley

I'm the News Editor at Total Film magazine, running the opening pages of every issue where you can read exclusive interviews and see first-look images from the biggest films. I was previously the Community Editor at sci-fi, fantasy and horror movie bible SFX. You'll find my name on news, reviews, and interviews covering every type of movie, from the latest French arthouse release to the biggest Hollywood blockbuster. My work has also featured in Official PlayStation Magazine and Edge. Outside of my day job, I'm a FromSoft fanatic (proudest achievement: beating Malenia solo) and a TV connoisseur (translation: I'll watch anything).

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