Zack Snyder Just Cast An Obi-Wan Kenobi Star In His Failed Star Wars Movie

By Nathan Kamal | 2 months ago

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Director Zack Snyder has cast one of the leads from the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series, and he is going to put him in the Star Wars movie he could not get Disney to make. It has been announced that the director of 300 and Sucker Punch has cast Rupert Friend in his upcoming movie Rebel Moon, as the central villain of the story. What’s the plot of Rebel Moon and how is it different from Star Wars? We’ll get to that. But before Rebel Moon, Friend is going to be the central villain of a different space opera project, namely, the incredibly anticipated Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi. In that series, he will be playing The Grand Inquisitor, tasked by Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader with hunting down any remianing Jedi in the time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Obviously, the trailer just released for Obi-Wan Kenobi is currently breaking the Internet and making Star Wars fans salivate, but just to be clear, it’s this guy: 

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Rupert Friend will be playing The Grand Inquisitor in Obi-Wan Kenobi, but this is not the first appearance of the character. The Grand Inquisitor first appeared in the animated series Star Wars Rebels and was voiced by Jason Isaacs (ie, Draco Malfoy’s dad from Harry Potter). The character essentially served as the Big Bad of the series, and much like Cad Bane was ported into The Book of Boba Fett, this will be his first live-action appearance. It can be assumed that he will be crossing lightsabers with Ewan McGregor’s weary-looking Obi-Wan Kenobi and will probably do a lot of terrible things before then. Then Zack Snyder will get his turn with Rupert Friend.

Shifting from Star Wars to not-quite Star Wars, Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon is his upcoming science-fiction project for Netflix. Since leaving the Warner Bros fold after the tumultuous process of attempting to build up the DCEU in the MCU model, Snyder signed a two-year deal with the streaming giant and his upcoming work will presumably all be seen there. Rebel Moon was reportedly a pitch Snyder made to LucasFilm way back in 2012, when George Lucas still owned Star Wars. Following the Disney buyout of the franchise, the idea was rejected in favor of the sequel series that began with The Force Awakens. But apparently, Snyder works on a waste-not, want-not basis, and rebuilt the premise as a stand-alone science fiction story. It’s not like Star Wars owns the word “Rebel” or anything (though Disney has probably attempted to copyright it), but it is a pretty big giveaway as to the origins of the movie. 
Zack Snyder’s Rebel Moon will star Rupert Friend (who is also set to appear in Wes Anderson’s The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar for Netflix), Charlie Hunnam, Jena Malone, Djimon Hounsou, Bae Doona, and Ray Fisher. The story reportedly involves a space colony being threatened by an evil oncoming army (not Empire), presumably led by Friend. A mysterious woman (Sofia Boutell), who is not a princess, then has to recruit defenders to help defeat the army. So, definitely not Star Wars.