The Wachowskis are known for going big. Even The Matrix Trilogy creators’ debut, the stylish, sexy low-budget thriller Bound, has an intense, epic feel to it. Their output since 2003’s The Matrix Revolutions have seen them playing on similarly large canvases: 2008’s live-action, candy-colored cartoon Speed Racer and 2012’s ambitious, multi-layered sci-fi saga Cloud Atlas.
Their latest offering is this summer’s original science-fiction space opera, Jupiter Ascending, starring Mila Kunis as Jupiter Jones, a Ukrainian immigrant whose dull daily grind is interrupted in spectacular fashion by Channing Tatum’s Caine, an alien assassin sent to kill Jupiter before she can fulfill her destiny (though, Caine ends up doing the opposite of that and becomes Jupiter’s protector, in a Snow White-esque twist).
Our initial look at the film was followed by an international trailer with some new footage. Now another full-length trailer has been released, showcasing the Wachoswkis’ leap into the realm of the cosmic epic. Check out the trailer up above, and then take a look at a pair of new posters for Jupiter Ascending featuring the movie’s stars, below:
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The native Chicago filmmakers may not have been able to re-capture the phenomenal box office lightning of their iconic cyberspace-thriller trilogy, but that’s not to say the quality of their work or level of commitment has declined.
Speed Racer has its own devoted following and stands as a bonkers tribute to the classic cartoon, while Cloud Atlas, which they wrote and directed with Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run), is a rich, hypnotic rumination on the nature of love, existence, and the understanding of one’s own soul. It may take more than one viewing to fully understand – there are six stories across numerous time frames – but it’s well worth the effort.
Jupiter Ascending may just be their grandest, most epic project yet. The plot for this one is very straight-forward, with what we’ve seen of the footage following the tried and true Hero’s Journey/Star Wars vein of pop sci-fi tropes as a heroine collides with a capable space-rogue to uncover a previously unsuspected fate.
The big question is whether or not it will find an audience. Will moviegoers as a whole feel it’s too close in style and look to Disney’s 2012 misfire John Carter, or will the public’s inferred hunger for sci-fi-themed summer blockbusters (X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Guardians of the Galaxy, Edge of Tomorrow) translate into success for Jupiter Ascending?
The youthful clout of Tatum (22 Jump Street) and Kunis (Ted) certainly can’t hurt, not to mention a strong supporting line-up which includes Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), Douglas Booth (Noah) and Tuppence Middleton (Trance). We’ll find out for sure in July.
Jupiter Ascending will be released in 2D, 3D and IMAX theaters on July 18th, 2014.