Zack Snyder has found his leading lady, as Sofia Boutella is set to star in “Rebel Moon” at Netflix, which he will co-write, produce and direct, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
He is co-writing the script with “Army of the Dead” co-writer Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad, who co-wrote “300.” Snyder and Johnstad will both receive story credit. Snyder’s wife and producing partner, Deborah Snyder, will produce alongside Wesley Coller for The Stone Quarry. Grand Electric’s Eric Newman is producing while Sarah Bowen will executive produce.
According to Netflix, the log line for “Rebel Moon” is: When a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy finds itself threatened by the armies of the tyrannical Regent Balisarius, they dispatch a young woman with a mysterious past to seek out warriors from neighboring planets to help them take a stand.
“Rebel Moon” marks a reunion for Newman, Snyder and Netflix’s Scott Stuber: Newman drafted Snyder to direct his first film, “Dawn of the Dead,” in 2004, which Stuber oversaw in his then role of vice-chairman of Universal.
“Army of the Dead” remains in Netflix’s top ten most-watched films, according to the streamer.
Boutella first broke out in “The Kingsman” and then went on to star in Universal’s “The Mummy” with Tom Cruise, “Atomic Blonde” alongside Charlize Theron, Ramin Bahrini’s “Fahrenheit 451” for HBO and A24’s “Climax” for Gaspar Noé. Boutella can currently be seen in Wyatt Rockefeller’s feature debut “Settlers” for IFC.
Boutella is repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and 42.
Deadline first reported the news.