A new trailer for “Jupiter Ascending” offers a glimpse of what promises to be a blockbuster sci-fi spectacle, with stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum simmering at its center.
The film, the latest venture from Andy and Lana Wachowski’s (“The Matrix” trilogy), centers on Chicago house cleaner Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who discovers she is destined for more after she is tracked down by genetically engineered hunter-turned-protector Caine (Tatum) and learns the truth about Earth’s origins.
“You’ve been taught that the birthplace of the human race is Earth,” Sean Bean’s character Stinger tells her as the trailer opens. “But it’s not.”
Instead, humans can trace their roots back to “one of the most powerful dynasties in the universe,” and Jupiter’s genetic markers place her next in line to inherit Earth.
Standing in her way is the villainous Balem (Eddie Redmayne), the eldest of three heirs and, as Caine explains to Jupiter, “the one who controls this planet and wants you dead.”
“I will harvest that planet tomorrow before I let her take it from me,” Balem threatens in the trailer.
“Jupiter Ascending,” which also stars Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith, is slated for a Feb. 6, 2015, release after being pushed back from its original release date this July to give the filmmakers more time to complete the project’s extensive visual effects.
The film is the first from the Wachowskis since their audacious literary adaptation with Tom Tykwer, “Cloud Atlas,” which was based on the 2004 novel by David Mitchell and starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Jim Broadbent playing multiple interconnected roles across the centuries.
Like their “Matrix” films, “Cloud Atlas” distinguished the Wachowskis as superlative visual storytellers, and “Jupiter Ascending” appears to continue that tradition, with the same mix of futuristic spectacle and existential exploration that catapulted the duo to international acclaim with “The Matrix” nearly 15 years ago.
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– Noelene Clark and Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex
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