Netflix's 'Rebel Moon' star? The cape goes to Sofia Boutella, a former Madonna dancer

Los Angeles - Sofia Boutella has fought before.

At 41, Boutella was unrecognizable as Jaylah in 2016's "Star Trek Beyond" and mummified Princess Ahmanet in 2017's "The Mummy" (where she memorably kissed Tom Cruise's face during a battle scene). 

The Algerian actress and dancer died playing an acrobatic assassin in 2014's "Kingsmen: The Secret Service" and a French agent in 2017's "Atomic Blonde."

Boutella dominates Zack Snyder's sci-fi cinematic universe in "Rebel Moon – Part One:

A Child of Fire" (streaming Thursday, 10 p.m. EST/7 PST, on Netflix) and "Rebel Moon – Part Two: The Scargiver" (April 19).

"This is my first leading role − it's exciting and intimidating," Boutella told USA TODAY at the Four Seasons Hotel.

The 5-foot-5 actress is nervous about wearing Kora's cloak. "I worried about being swallowed. 

'How am I going to wear the cape and not let it wear me?' That's heavy duty."

How Boutella mastered "Rebel Moon":Boutella emailed Snyder that she instantly connected with Kora after tryouts.

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