Rumored Plot Details For the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 23rd, 2013 at 9:59 am,

Finding current photos of Matrix filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski (pictured above, with Arianna Huffington) is quite a task. An even trickier task is trying to uncover official details about their upcoming projects, such as the sci-fi flick, Jupiter Ascending.

All that is known for certain about Jupiter Ascending is the genre and headliners, Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. While we can offer some unconfirmed information about the film’s plot and characters, it’s best that you take all those details with a grain of salt – even though said information does make the project sound like the sort of imaginative (if strange) creation that’s right up the Wachowskis’ alley.

Vulture says that it has been “assured, repeatedly” by its source that the following summary of the plot and sci-fi mythology in Jupiter Ascending is indeed accurate. As mentioned before, though, this scoop is not official – and thus, should be considered RUMOR for the time being.

Our spy says the film, which has yet to begin shooting and is supposed to be the first entry in a trilogy, centers on an unlikely (and as with ‘The Matrix’, ultimately reluctant) heroine: A recent Russian immigrant — played by actual Ukrainian immigrant Mila Kunis — who is busily scrubbing toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, she actually possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule… These evolved beings fall into various different groups, all of which share some human DNA but who have become evolved after being bred with animal DNA to heighten their best characteristics — e.g., soldiers getting their fearlessness, strength, and a pack mentality from wolves; workers getting their industriousness and reputation for diligence from bees.

The conflict in Jupiter Ascending supposedly kicks off when said “evolved beings” recruit a bounty hunter (Tatum) to kill Kunis’ character. Instead, the lone warrior falls in love with the young woman and thus, incites the rage of his dangerous “employers.”

Much like The Matrix, it sounds as though Jupiter Ascending may be influenced by an eclectic assortment of genre elements. Those include: classic princess fairy tale tropes (specifically, as Vulture points out, from Snow White), sci-fi allegories for racism and classism, and manga/anime ideas about literal human/animal hybrids. We could go on and cite numerous specific examples where the Wachowskis could possibly be getting their ideas from, but it’d essentially boil down to this: these siblings are drawing from a wide range of storytelling, in order to create something genuinely new and original.

That’s all to say: if this information is indeed accurate – and not just misdirection - then Jupiter Ascending sounds like it has the potential to restore many a fan’s faith in the Wachowskis’ filmmaking abilities. (Assuming this winter’s Cloud Atlas doesn’t do that first.)

We will continue to keep you posted on all updates concerning Jupiter Ascending.


Source: Vulture

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  1. Wow, Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis? I just lost all hope for this movie. The Wachowski’s really have lost their touch.

    • Wow…I was the first to comment on this? Weird.

    • They kinda lost their touch after the first Matrix movie lol. ;)

      • I wholeheartedly agree with that. Lol

      • They lost their touch when one decided to become a chick…lol.

    • lol, people had the EXACT SAME reaction as you when they heard keanu reeves was cast for the matrix. and since that one turned out fine, there still IS hope for this.

    • I could sort of handle Mila Kunis, but definitely no Tatum. Why do people keep casting him? He’s awful.

      • Not*

        • Comment moderation on a line from a movie? All I said was morons.

  2. Title is misleading The Wachowski’s dident create The Matrix…they just directed it. Sophie stewart created The Matrix.

    • Sorry I should have reworded that The Wachowskis stole from a few popular Sci Fi writers of that time period…not just sophia stewart.

        • reading is fundamental, I never said she won any damages for writing it…her case was thrown out, no shock there. but thats neither here nor there and not an admission of guilt or innocence, Since The Terminator and Matrix were two of the biggest franchises you would think AOL would do anything to keep from paying the people they ripped off…including paying off judges. Just my thoughts…but isnt it strange the wachoskis only major hit was the matrix trilogy?

          • Conspiracy Theory much? This lady had her court case thrown out not once, but twice, and gave a ridiculous claim of this “national ad” put out by 2 people less than age 25 in Newsweek that could not be reproduced. And if people are buying judges, where are all the warrants for IP addresses and pirate sites for the MPAA? Why didn’t the cast of LOTR get their case thrown out when they sued New Line for their money. I have a very tough time believing in bought judges in a copyright case.

  3. First off, Snow white in space? Blech. Second, at least this one will have ACTUAL ACTING TALENT! Kunis, not “Magic Mike” Tatum. I wish Kunis and Hemsworth were in the upcoming Snow White so we could disregard both Tatum and Stewart in one fell swoop.

    • …oh my god, you’re right. Damn, I’d much prefer a Hemsworth/Kunis flick! Channing and Stewart can have each other. I mean, I like Channing, but he’s a comedic actor, or a really basic action hero. Stewart…the less said about her skills the better.

  4. I’m a big Wachowski fan. From Bound to Speed Racer, I’ve really enjoyed their films. Really looking forward to CLOUD ATLAS. Jupiter Ascending as well, But Channing Tatum??? Really?

  5. This sounds intresting. Im not a big fan of Tatum either but he was hilarious in 21 Jump Street. Perfect role for him.

  6. Is the woman in the middle related to Ariana Huffington?

  7. CHANNING TATUM ?????WTF I avoid movies with him at all costs
    this makes NO SENSE.

    • Aww, no 21 Jump St? He was great in that. He’s better suited to comedy.

  8. I’m willing to have my faith in their abilities restored….
    And – am I the only person in the world who didn’t know that one of the Wachowski “brothers” had his…um…gender switched?

  9. I thought they were brothers? Ukraine girls are hot!

  10. But i’m absolutely sure that also Eddie Redmayne is joining jupiter ascending’s cast ;)
    i’m happy for this cause mila and channing are less talented than Eddie

  11. Official synopsis is up today(April 15) on various sites for “Jupiter Ascending” and filming began April 2. C. Tates name is Caine and Mila Kunis is Jupiter Jones. Will film in the UK until June and then finish up in Chicago. Lots of articles up on imdb. So looking forward to this film!

  12. Some pictures coming from Jupiter Ascending sets. Interesting costumes on some extras. One of Channing but you can’t see what he has on. Going to be an interesting film I think.