‘Rebel Moon’ Sequel Offers More Action, Backstory of Warriors 

Zack Snyder, left, and Deborah Snyder pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in London. (AP)
Zack Snyder, left, and Deborah Snyder pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in London. (AP)
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‘Rebel Moon’ Sequel Offers More Action, Backstory of Warriors 

Zack Snyder, left, and Deborah Snyder pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in London. (AP)
Zack Snyder, left, and Deborah Snyder pose for photographers upon arrival at the screening of the film "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, in London. (AP)

Zack Snyder says "Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" shows his full vision for the franchise.

The second installment of the sci-fi adventure picks up from where "Rebel Moon - Part One: A Child of Fire", released four months earlier, left off.

It sees Sofia Boutella's character Kora and a group of rebel warriors team up with the people of Veldt, a peaceful farming moon, to ward off an attack from the tyrannical Motherworld and its resurrected, ruthless military leader Atticus Noble (Ed Skrein).

"I always knew that this was going to be like half a movie. Our whole idea was to get the movies out right next to each other so people could have the complete experience. And I think that's what we're really hoping for with this is that people get a chance to see the entire thing," Snyder said as he premiered the film in London on Tuesday.

Part Two also sees actors Djimonn Hounsou and Bae Doona reprising their roles as General Titus and Nemesis and Anthony Hopkins lending his voice to Jimmy the sentient robot.

The movie delves into the backstories of the warriors, laying out their motives to join the rebellion.

"It's going to be a lot more action and you get to go deeper with the characters and find out more about their pasts and what drew them to fight for this cause,” said Boutella.

Snyder, known for films including "Watchmen", "300", "Justice League" and "Man of Steel", directed, co-wrote and produced the movie, as well as serving as its cinematographer.

Director's cuts of the two films are expected in August, Snyder said, adding that he and writers Shay Hatten and Kurt Johnstad had also continued developing the story.

"That has been a real big adventure, for Shay and Kurt and I," he said.

"But then also, we've been working super hard on the director's cuts. Normally when I do a director's cut, it's in response to a cut that I was forced to make, where this was really from the beginning designed as a separate movie,” said Snyder.

“We shot a whole bunch of additional stuff and it was really fun to just actually make another movie. So it's been four movies, it's a little tiring.” he said.

"Rebel Moon - Part Two: The Scargiver" starts streaming on Netflix on April 19.



‘Bikeriders’ Maneuvers Through 60’s Chicago Motorcycle Gang Life

US actor Austin Butler attends the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' "The Bikeriders" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
US actor Austin Butler attends the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' "The Bikeriders" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
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‘Bikeriders’ Maneuvers Through 60’s Chicago Motorcycle Gang Life

US actor Austin Butler attends the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' "The Bikeriders" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 17, 2024. (AFP)
US actor Austin Butler attends the Los Angeles premiere of Focus Features' "The Bikeriders" at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California on June 17, 2024. (AFP)

For Austin Butler, getting into his role as the stoic bike rider named Benny in the Focus Features film "The Bikeriders" meant learning everything he could about riding a motorcycle.

"Just riding for so many hours that it feels like second nature and then by the time I'm there I'm not having to think about the motorcycle or anything," the "Elvis" actor said.

The film is based on photojournalist Danny Lyon's 1968 book of the same name, featuring photos and interviews with members of the Chicago Outlaws Motorcycle Club.

Jeff Nichols, who wrote and directed "The Bikeriders," believed it was important to reimagine Lyon’s work through a feature film.

"You can't pick that book up and not be captivated by these photographs and these interviews," he said.

"The people in it, they just feel honest, and they also feel really cool. You're looking at their hair, you're looking at their bikes and their clothes and the detail work that they put in their clothes, it really is a compelling thing," Nichols added.

The drama movie takes place in the 1960s and follows the lives of local outcasts in a Chicago motorcycle gang called Outlaws MC that become like family.

Their lives suddenly change when the club becomes a hub for violence that forces Benny to choose between his family and a life of crime.

"The Bikeriders" arrives in theaters on Friday.

Tom Hardy plays the leader of the gang named Johnny while Jodie Comer portrays Benny’s wife, Kathy.

Hardy appreciated how immersive the world of the 1960s biker gang was in the film.

"You could sense how beautifully laced it was in nostalgia of the period and the attention to detail was really specific, that it was hard not to be drawn in by the evocation," he said.

Part of the authenticity of the film was Nichols accessing some of Lyon's interviews with his subjects on reel-to-reel tapes to share with all the actors, which was very helpful for Comer.

"It just became very important for me not to worry about doing a generic Chicago and then worry about people judging me on that," Comer said.

Both Comer and Hardy had the task of taking on the unique pacing and Midwestern dialects of their characters based on Lyon's interview recordings.

"She is larger than life and she has some interesting stresses and inflections but it's such an insight as to who she is," the "Killing Eve" actor added about her character Kathy.