Anthony Hopkins has had a remarkable career, portraying numerous iconic characters throughout his time in the industry. From his chilling portrayal of Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “Silence of the Lambs” to his regal performance as Odin in Marvel’s “Thor” franchise, Hopkins has demonstrated his versatility and talent. In recent years, he received well-deserved acclaim and an Academy Award for his poignant portrayal in “The Father.” However, his upcoming role as a mysterious robot named Jimmy in Zack Snyder’s “Rebel Moon” is highly anticipated.
Empire Magazine has provided a glimpse into Hopkins’ character in their latest issue. The image reveals Jimmy sitting beside a young girl who holds flowers in her hand. According to Snyder, Jimmy is a wild card, embarking on a journey of self-discovery. The image effectively captures the nuanced nature of the character, piquing the audience’s curiosity.
In “Rebel Moon,” a multipart sci-fi saga, the story unfolds on the peaceful planet Veldt. When the Imperium forces arrive, demanding the planet’s valuable resources, the community assigns Kora (played by Sofia Boutella), a skilled female warrior, with the task of assembling a team of hardened warriors from different corners of the galaxy to combat the Imperium forces. The first part of the story focuses on Kora’s efforts to build this team and confront the evil forces threatening her planet.
Jimmy was initially one of many identical droids manufactured to serve the Imperium king during times of war. However, he has been repurposed by the Imperium and brought to Veldt to perform laborious tasks. For Snyder, Jimmy represents an Arthurian element that contrasts with the fantastical elements of the sci-fi adventure. Snyder describes him as Lancelot, while another hero, Milius, is compared to Percival. The director draws inspiration from his love for “Excalibur” and incorporates these characters into his narrative.
The film, influenced by works such as George Lucas’ “Star Wars” and Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai,” promises an intriguing storyline. The convergence of Snyder’s directorial vision and Hopkins’ acting prowess suggests a character arc centered around self-discovery. However, crafting such an arc around a robot, particularly one occasionally seen wearing antlers, presents a unique creative challenge.
“Rebel Moon” boasts an impressive ensemble cast, featuring Sofia Boutella as Kora, Charlie Hunnam as Kai, Djimon Hounsou as General Titus, Doona Bae as Nemesis, Michiel Huisman as Gunnar, Staz Nair as Tarak, Ray Fisher as Darrian Bloodaxe, Cleopatra Coleman as Devra Bloodaxe, and additional talents such as Jena Malone and Ed Serkin.
Fans can look forward to experiencing “Rebel Moon” when it releases on Netflix on December 22. The film’s blend of star power, innovative storytelling, and a visually striking sci-fi world is sure to captivate audiences worldwide.