The Wachowski siblings’ new film centers on a timeless sci-fi theme: a seemingly normal person suddenly finds out that they are the key to an intergalactic conflict.
“Jupiter Ascending,” which is set to be released on July 18, stars Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a woman who lives on Earth and works as a janitor until she suddenly meets Caine (Channing Tatum), an assassin who is sent to kill her but ends up looking after her instead. Jupiter then discovers that, according to Sean Bean’s character Stinger, she is actually royalty. “Les Miserables” actor Eddie Redmayne co-stars as a villain who will lose his claim on Earth if Jupiter assumes her rightful place.
The Wachowskis are best known for the “Matrix” trilogy and also directed the 2012 film “Cloud Atlas” as well as the 2008 movie “Speed Racer.”
Lana Wachowski told the Associated Press that the movie has features from many different types of films.
“It's a science-fiction space opera," Wachowski said. "It has a lot of things from a lot of genres that we love. It's got a lot of original action, it's got a lot of romance.”
Much like their past films, “Jupiter” seems to include many battle sequences and special effects, judging from the new trailer.
“We seem not to be very good at making small things,” Wachowski said. “We keep saying ‘Let’s go make a small movie.’ But then they always end up being enormously complex. We want to somehow always find something that is different or that no one has tried.”
Meanwhile, Tatum said he feels the movie is “breaking ground.”
“We’re doing stuff that’s never been done, inside the camera, in the CG world, and the physical stuff,” he told Collider. “There’s very little, if not no, digital stuntmen in the movie… hopefully everybody likes it. And it’s fun, it’s got some cheek to it.”