Anthony Hopkins will bring the gravitas to Zack Snyder’s ‘Rebel Moon’

Anthony Hopkins
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Zack Snyder is bringing in a major talent and two-time Oscar winner, Anthony Hopkins, to the forthcoming sci-fi epic Rebel Moon.

The 84-year-old actor is a familiar face in the sci-fi/fantasy genre, such as his roles in the Thor films and HBO’s Westworld can attest. He will no doubt be a welcome addition to the film slated to hit Netflix that is currently under production and reportedly planned as a two-parter.

Hopkins will voice an impossibly sentient battle robot named Jimmy, in the film, according to Deadline. The film, which also stars Charlie Hunnam, Djimon Hounsou, and Sofia Boutella, among others, will focus on a peaceful colony on the edge of the galaxy facing the tyrannical armies of Regent Belisarius. The colony dispatches a young woman with a mysterious past, played by Boutella, to recruit warriors from close-by planets to help defend them. Hopkin’s robot character, a one-time defender of the now-slain King, is a machine with the model number JC1435.

The film also stars Doona Bae, Ray Fisher, Stuart Martin, Cary Elwes, Corey Stoll, Michiel Huisman, Alfonso Herrera, Ed Skrein, Cleopatra Coleman, Fra Fee, Rhian Rees, Jena Malone, E. Duffy, Charlotte Maggi, Sky Yang, and Staz Nair.

While Snyder confirmed production only went underway for the film back in April, just yesterday, he shared a jaw-dropping makeup test for one of the characters: an intimidating-looking, horned alien woman emerging from a shroud of fog.

Surprisingly, this isn’t the first time Hopkins will have played a character that exists via AI. In Westworld, Hopkins’ Robert Ford was brought back to life via a robotic copy of himself. He also played a deceased tech mogul who communicates via AI in last month’s sci-fi thriller film, Zero Contact.

While a hard release date hasn’t been set for Rebel Moon, which started out as Snyder’s rejected Star Wars spinoff movie pitch, the film is currently under production for Netflix.

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Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson

Danny Peterson covers entertainment news for WGTC and has previously enjoyed writing about housing, homelessness, the coronavirus pandemic, historic 2020 Oregon wildfires, and racial justice protests. Originally from Juneau, Alaska, Danny received his Bachelor's degree in English Literature from the University of Alaska Southeast and a Master's in Multimedia Journalism from the University of Oregon. He has written for The Portland Observer, worked as a digital enterprise reporter at KOIN 6 News, and is the co-producer of the award-winning documentary 'Escape from Eagle Creek.'