The cast of ’s most expensive film of 2023 have all been struck down with awful illness while promoting ahead of its release in cinemas on Friday.
At Rebel Moon’s Los Angeles premiere on Thursday night, star, 42, revealed he had been ‘incredibly sick’ and in hospital just hours ahead of the event, discharging himself from medical care in order to be there.
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire is the first in a planned franchise from Man of Steel and Justice League filmmaker Snyder, produced on a reported budget of $150million (£117.5m), which would make it .
It also stars Sofia Boutella, Ed Skrein, Djimon Hounsou, Michiel Huisman, Ray Fisher and Corey Stoll, with cameos from the likes of Cary Elwes and .
Speaking on the red carpet, revealed: ‘We were all quite sick on this press tour. I got incredibly sick and was in hospital in London 32 hours ago – I checked out of the hospital just to come here.’
He also explained that a six and a half hour plane delay and lost luggage had left him with nothing to wear, so he was sporting a suit that was a decade old.
‘This was a suit that I had 10 years ago that I couldn’t fit into anymore – because I got so sick two weeks ago, I lost so much weight, I’m now wearing my old suit,’ he added to .
The actor, unsurprisingly, called the last 48 hours ‘a real trial’ for him, but he was determined attend the premiere nonetheless.
‘We’re here, we’re smiling. I, in 25 years, am proud to say have never missed an hour of work in my career. I just show up no matter what.’
Hunnam detailed that he had a complication with his kidneys from a nasty bout of the flu, which is what had landed him in hospital ‘for 36 hours on an IV’.
He also admitted that he felt lke he was ‘kind of having an out of body experience’ while he answered questions in intervews on the media line.
There is already a second part to Rebel Moon lined up, with sequel instalment, The Scargiver, already linked to on the streaming platform with an April 19, 2024 release date.
While social media reviews have lavished praise on the film’s ‘awesome’ visuals and ambitious action, some critics have also found issues with its plotting and similarity to other sci-fi epics – namely .
‘Okay #RebelMoon is quite simply epic! Massive scale, beautiful visuals (of course), awesome action, and some really fascinating mythology,’ praised GamesRadar’s Molly Edwards.
‘It excels in action as Snyder knows best and by the end I was on-board, added Sunny Ramgolam, critic for Live For Films.
However, critic Mark Cassidy complained that after a promising first act, Rebel Moon ‘launches itself off a cliff’.
‘Zack Snyder is more concerned with “cool” action scenes than establishing and ensuring we’re invested in his characters.’
Cassidy also added that the film didn’t ‘stand as its own movie’ and was ‘so disappointing’.
Rebel Moon, which started its 30-year gestation as Snyder’s pitch for a Star Wars movie, opens with a peaceful settlement on the edge of a distant moon, finding itself threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force.
A mysterious stranger living among its villagers (Boutella) then becomes their best hope for survival.
Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire hits UK cinemas on Friday, December 15 before streaming exclusively on Netflix from December 22.