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Rebel Moon Star Ed Skrein Enjoys Playing the Villain

Rebel Moon and Alita: Battle Angel star Ed Skrein might not identify as a villain, but he does enjoy getting to portray them onscreen.

Article Summary

  • Ed Skrein delves into his affinity for playing villains onscreen.
  • "Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire" features Skrein as Admiral Noble.
  • Skrein believes his aesthetic adds to his convincing antagonist roles.
  • He enjoys exploring dark characters, contrasting his real-life persona.

With the release of Zack Snyder's Netflix film Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, we were given yet another villainous role for actor Ed Skrein, who has already been responsible for causing turmoil in big-budget films like Alita: Battle Angel and Deadpool. So why does Skrein consistently end up in these roles? Here's what the actor had to say.

Rebel Moon:
REBEL MOON: Ed Skrein as Atticus Noble in Rebel Moon. Cr. Justin Lubin/Netflix © 2023

While speaking to Collider about his tendency to play a villain, Skrein shares, "I think definitely my bone structure lends itself to a villain, or to even when I play heroes, it's kind of antiheroes or heroes that are tainted or whatever." He continues, "So yeah, I feel like there's that side of it, the aesthetic side, but the other side is like, I really enjoy it. Like, I really enjoy it, and I think people can see that on camera that I'm having a great old time. And I also understand I'm not an actor that goes in there thinking about me, and everything revolves around me. I understand that a character is like nature, like it can't exist in a vacuum, it exists compared to everything else. So I understand my position in the story and what the screenwriter and what the director wants from me and how I serve the story, and so I think that's one of the reasons that I've been successful at being an antagonist. But I also just kind of like exploring the dark side, like, you know, in real life, I'm just a big teddy bear."

Rebel Moon Summary, Cast, and Sequel Release Date

Official synopsis: From Zack Snyder, the filmmaker behind 300, Man of Steel, and Army of the Dead, comes Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire, a 2-part movie event decades in the making. After crash landing on a moon in the furthest reaches of the universe, Kora (Sofia Boutella), a stranger with a mysterious past, begins a new life among a peaceful settlement of farmers. But she soon becomes their only hope for survival when the tyrannical Regent Balisarius (Fra Fee) and his cruel emissary, Admiral Noble (Skrein), discover the farmers have unwittingly sold their crops to the Bloodaxes (Cleopatra Coleman and Ray Fisher) — leaders of a fierce group of insurgents hunted by the Motherworld.

Tasked with finding fighters who would risk their lives to defend the people of Veldt, Kora, and Gunnar (Michiel Huisman), a tenderhearted farmer naive in the realities of war journey to different worlds in search of the Bloodaxes and assemble a small band of warriors who share a common need for redemption along the way: Kai (Charlie Hunnam), a pilot and gun for hire; General Titus (Djimon Hounsou), a legendary commander; Nemesis (Doona Bae), a master swordswoman; Tarak (Staz Nair), a captive with a regal past; and Milius (E. Duffy), a resistance fighter. Back on Veldt, Jimmy (voiced by Anthony Hopkins), an ancient mechanized protector hiding in the wings, awakens with a new purpose. But the newly formed revolutionaries must learn to trust each other and fight as one before the armies of the Motherworld come to destroy them all.

Rebel Moon – Part One: A Child of Fire is currently available to stream exclusively on Netflix, and the sequel titled Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver hits the streaming platform on April 19th, 2024.

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Aedan JuvetAbout Aedan Juvet

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