‘Jupiter Ascending’ Trailer: Mila Kunis is the Chosen One in New Wachowski Sci-Fi Film

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 16th, 2014 at 4:51 pm,

December means the last big cinematic offerings of the year (for example, this week’s new release The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), and with them come trailers for the blockbuster helpings that will arrive in the summer thereafter.

We’ve already gotten the first theatrical preview for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – with trailers for 2014 tentpoles Godzilla and Edge of Tomorrow to follow later this week – and now, we can add the first official footage from Jupiter Ascending to the list.

Jupiter Ascending is a new original sci-fi production from Andy and Lana Wachowski – the siblings who broke out by re-appropriating neo-Noir tropes with their 1996 crime/drama Bound. Of course, nowadays the duo are better known for having provided a Philosophy of Religion 101 seminar (by way of a sci-fi/action template) with The Matrix trilogy, then re-envisioning the Speed Racer Japanese cartoon as an equally off-the-walls live-action movie; most recently, they blended storytelling forms associated with different periods in history, with their and Tom Tyker’s divisive literature film adaptation Cloud Atlas.

The Wachowskis’ new film (based on their screenplay) tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a Ukranian immigrant who spends her days scrubbing toilets in the U.S. One day, she learns that fate has much bigger plans for her, when a genetically-enhanced former military hunter (Channing Tatum) shows up and informs Jupiter that her existence threatens to forever change the balance of power in her world: a time and place where so-called higher-evolved beings - whose genetic makeup contains the best elements of animal DNA – consider themselves superior to the ordinary humans on Earth.

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2014 is going to be a year when the sci-fi genre is split up between films which take a more logistically-grounded and factual (read: ‘hard scientific’) approach – like director Wally Pfister’s supercomputer drama Transcendence and Christopher Nolan’s space travel adventure Interstellar – and fare that walks closer to the fine line between sci-fi and fantasy, judging by the early look we’ve gotten at Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy.

Jupiter Ascending looks to be very much the latter type of sci-fi entertainment, with the likes of Tatum looking quite unusual (decked out with a change of hair color and accent) in a film which – judging by the initial footage – gives off a “Star Wars and/or The Last Starfighter-style sci-fi hero’s journey re-envisioned by the Wachowskis” vibe (with some fairy tale influence thrown in for good measure).

Indeed, Wachowski films have a tendency to reflect the influences of the cultural zeitgeist in which they are made (see: the similarities between The Matrix and Dark City released a year earlier), but they’re also envelope-pushers in terms of spectacle and genre trends. If nothing else, Jupiter Ascending seems as though it could be a worthy notch to add to their belt, as an exciting and eye-catching space opera that’s also a proper illustration of sci-fi genre trends in the early 21st century – and yet, still able to keep moviegoers looking ahead to tomorrow.

The Jupiter Ascending supporting cast includes Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), Douglas Booth (Noah) and Tuppence Middleton (Trance), in addition to Cloud Atlas alums Doona Bae and James D’Arcy (who both played multiple roles in the Wachowskis and Tykwer’s book adaptation).


Jupiter Ascending opens in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on July 18th, 2014.

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  1. Looks interesting, excited for a movie with original content.

  2. I didn´t find the trailer interesting…
    However… Go Wachowskis GO!

  3. Spoiler Alert!!

    Sean Bean dies at the end.

    • That’s more like a given, not a spoiler.

    • damn thats what i was thinking, or spoiler alert the twist is that Sean Bean survives :P

  4. Looks good. *cough* Let’s just hope it’s NOT another John Carter.


    • Why? I enjoyed John Carter, and I believe a lot of others did as well. unless you are talking about box office wise, then i agree with you.

      • It looked very cheesy graphic wise, but it did look interesting as a story, I also enjoyed John Carter, cheesey, sureeee,good story? YES

    • Yeah, John Carter was very under-rated. Enjoyed it very much.

      • Loved John Carter…but I don’t want this film to suffer its fate at the box office, that’s for sure.

        • I enjoyed it a lot myself. I’m talking critic wise and box office wise.

    • I enjoyed John Carter

    • “John Carter” was a good film. Far better than much less deserving films that made millions. The knives were out or JC before it even got out of the starting blocks. Having every Sci-Fi film basically already do every element of the “John Carter of Mars” books, plus yet another woeful ad campaign didn’t help.

  5. The worst, over-hyped actress and the worst, over-hyped actor together in a film at last.

    • Haha.. yup. Although she was good in Black Swan. I feel like Channing is becoming a less talented Brad Pitt. Less good looking too.

  6. Well that was a pleasant surprise! wasn’t expecting a trailer for this until like January. Looks good. Pretty much the reason why this was initially on my radar was because of Mila Kunis. But with the Wachowskies, Channing Tatum, and Sean Bean (he probably dies, and in a twist, turns out to be the main villain) this just gets me more excited.

  7. Hope the story matches the visuals in terms of quality, but previous Wachowski movies has me doubting that it will. Eh, we’ll see.

    Also, if they’ve reached a technological age as depicted and are such super-evolved beings, couldn’t they just get samples of her DNA/RNA and just clone her without needing to chase her around? Eh, guess I’ll chalk it up to being sci-fi fantasy.

  8. this kind of look horrible. Then again, I did not like Cloud Atlas either.. so maybe its just me.

    • looks**

  9. Looks like it may be a pretty fun ride!

  10. I really hope that this is not “Oz meets Chronicle of Riddick” which is what this trailer kind of looks like. I want to embrace and like this film…hmmm.

  11. Saturn Descending – July 23rd 2016

    • no no no… Uranus Ascending. play on BOTH words!

      • Myanus ain’t goin’ nowhere. It’s staying right here in my chair watching something other than this movie. Sorry, but other flicks I think would be better to watch.

      • Uranus descending… on a pecker.

  12. not much to go on with that trailer, we will see. it does look an awful lot like john carter, which is a bad thing, and tatum looks absolutely ridiculous. i worry a movie like this needed heavy weight actors like fassbender or renner to bring gravitas to the role.

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  14. There seems to be a lot going on in this movie. But its not an adaptation, remake, or sequel. I’m hoping it succeeds for the sake of original sci-fi/fantasy movies.

  15. John Carter was Amazing, it just didn’t get enough hype. I remember asking someone if they wanted to see that movie and they never heard about it. Movie Studios really need to push the PR and advertisement department to use Facebook, or whatever social media to make sure “Everyone,” knows what that movie is. I go out and watch every Wachowskis’s movies, this website in particular helps me to keep informed when one comes out. Now if only Movie Studios worked this hard?

  16. Oehhh this looks good.
    Now I know it could suck but I do like this trailer a lot.

  17. Channing Tatum is real over rated
    He killed GIJOE Duke.

  18. so thats what Channing looks like if he played a Vulcan

  19. Even the Matrix didnt hold up once the visuals were no longer groundbreaking.
    The Wachowskis are horrible at stories, I don’t have much faith this will be any different.

    And to beat it to the punch: human beings that have to be hooked up to a neuro-network to suppress them from inciting revolution so that they may be used as batteries is just plain lame and illogical.

    Why not just lobotomies them?
    Why not use monkeys, they don’t revolt?
    Or sheep?
    Or pigs?
    Or cows?
    If solar energy is gone because of an ever present storm I’m guessing wind energy would be pretty easy to tap.
    Or energy derived from the movement is the ocean.
    How about you just collect your solar energy ABOVE the clouds, being that you have such advanced technology.
    For that matter, why not just move to the moon?
    Or Mars?
    Or… Jupiter?

    • Setting aside the fact that you’re missing the greater point of the movie, and that the shared hallucination of The Matrix was a wonderfully well developed metaphor, AND the fact that virtually all science fiction scenarios are built on similar contrivances, I feel like I have to point out that you’re criticism is misplaced.

      In the original script for the Matrix, the machines were using humans as information processors- NOT as an energy source. The studio forced them to dumb down the concept because they thought that the idea was too complex and would go over people’s heads and alienate the audience.

      Of course the Wachowskis DID end up introducing concepts that went over the audiences’ heads and alienating them, but the sequels are a story for a different day.

  20. It looks interesting but it’s way too close to a series of books that I had the misfortune of reading. Knowing the Wachowskis it will be far better than the books but still…

    Linky to the books on Amazon below:

    “Mona Lisa Awakening: Monere Children of the Moon book 1″ by Sunny

  21. You had me at Wachowski brothers and sci-fi, then lost me completely at Channing Tatum.

  22. if the film turns out to be disappointing ..at least the effects look nothing short but spectacular.

  23. Hmmm… interesting… The concept even the design of the Mecha/fighter plane is all so Zone-of-The-Enders-ish… (Z.O.E.)
    Just saying…

  24. “interesting” choice of cast..I think

  25. This looks like it could be epic…or it could be very, very, very, very, very silly. What is the over-under in Vegas on how long it takes for Sean Bean to die?

  26. Everywhere I read it says this is an “original” scifi movie. Wtf is original about it? “You’re the chosen one, and you don’t even know it! But someone who is power hungry and a bad man wants you dead cause you’re the chosen one. I hope we don’t fall in love cause that would be a terribly inconvenient plot twist! You’re gonna love me when I save your life for selfless reasons!” Original? We’ve never hears that story before? Oh wait…no we just haven’t seen this story done with THESE special effects yet. ..ah…I finally figured it out. Clichés all over. Search for the chosen one. They’re a humble person with a humble job. They’re forced to fight the bad guys to save the world! You know Uwe Boll did this with his Dungeon Seige movie! Even then it was a cliché from a hundred other film plots. But I would take these 2 directors over him any day. I’ll give em that! The special effects will be the only saving grace for this film…or when Channings shirt gets ripped off during a fight scene and women buy more tickets to see it. That might inflate the box office #s…wont be a dry seat in the theater after that. So I predict now-that this will be an epic…an epic fail. I could go on for hours but im sure others agree