The cast of Zack Snyder's Rebel Moon is going through difficult times due to illness (Photo: Getty)

The cast of Netflix's most expensive movies of 2023 were stricken with a terrible disease while promoting director Zack Snyder's sci-fi adventure ahead of its theatrical release on Friday.

At the Rebel Moon premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday night, star Charlie Hunnam, 42, revealed he was “incredibly ill” and in hospital just hours before the event, foregoing 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 $150 million (£117.5 million), the which would make it one of Netflix's biggest projects. ever.

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 Sir Anthony Hopkins.

Speaking on the red carpet, Sons of Anarchy actor Hunnam revealed: “We were all very sick on this press tour. I became extremely ill and was in hospital in London for 32 hours – I left hospital just to come here.'

He also explained that the six-and-a-half-hour plane delay and lost luggage left him with nothing to wear, so he wore a suit that was already a decade old.

Star Charlie Hunnam revealed he was “incredibly ill” and in the hospital just hours before the Los Angeles premiere (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
The cast of the science fiction film includes Ray Fsher, Michiel Huisman, Sofia Boutella, Hunnam and Djimon Hounsou (Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix)
Hunnam with Boutella, who play Kai and Kora respectively (Photo: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

“This was a suit I had for 10 years and couldn't wear anymore – because I got really sick two weeks ago, I lost a lot of weight, now I'm wearing my old suit,” he added. Access Hollywood.

The actor, unsurprisingly, called the last 48 hours “a real test” for him, but he was still determined to attend the premiere.

'We are here, we are smiling. In 25 years, I am proud to say that I have never missed an hour of work in my career. I just show up no matter what.

Hunnam detailed that he had a kidney complication due to a severe bout of flu, which took him to the hospital “for 36 hours with intravenous administration.”

He also admitted that he felt like he was “having some kind of out-of-body experience” while answering questions in interviews on the media line.

REBEL MOON: Sofia Boutella as Kora in Rebel Moon

Rebel Moon received praise and criticism from the first reactions on social media (Photo: Clay Enos/Netflix)
It's a 30-year project by writer and director Snyder, whose wife Deborah produced the film (Photo: Getty)

There is already a second part of Rebel Moon lined up, with a sequel, The Scargiver, already linked on the streaming platform with a release date of April 19, 2024.

While reviews on social media praised the film's “amazing” visuals and ambitious action, some critics also found issues with its plot and similarity to other sci-fi epics – namely Star Wars.

'Okay, #RebelMoon is just epic! Massive scale, beautiful visuals (of course), incredible 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 Live For Films critic Sunny Ramgolam.

However, critic Mark Cassidy complained that after a promising first act, Rebel Moon “jumps itself off a cliff.”

'Zack Snyder is more concerned with “cool” action scenes than establishing and making sure we invest in his characters.'

Cassidy also added that the film “wasn’t its own movie” and was “very disappointing.”

Rebel Moon, which began its 30-year gestation as Snyder's pitch for a Star Wars film, begins with a peaceful settlement on the edge of a distant moon being threatened by the armies of a tyrannical ruling force.

A mysterious stranger who lives among their villagers (Boutella) then becomes their best hope for survival.

Rebel Moon: Part One – A Child of Fire arrives in UK cinemas on Friday 15th December, before streaming exclusively on Netflix from 22nd December.

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