New ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Trailer and Posters Tease The Wachowskis’ Space Opera

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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 operaJupiter 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:


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.

Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending New Jupiter Ascending Trailer and Posters Tease The Wachowskis Space Opera

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.

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  1. It looks like two movies mashed together. One is a smaller, gentler two people on the run falling in love type story and then you have this big loud space epic with junky, overdone effects that are ultimately boring, type thing. The two don’t seem to mesh well at all. The full movie might tie it together better but I’d say this will be another Wachowskis big budget flop.

  2. The spaceship effects kinda remind me of John Carter. I dunno, this just doesn’t look very good at all. Because of the Matrix I root for the Wachowskis…wish they could do something as good as that.

  3. I love the Wachowskis and I also like Kunis and Tatum but this…

    I will see it and hope the moive will make me eat my own words

    hope Sean Bean doesn’t die

  4. Too bad Sean Bean didnt have the title role. Chaning Tatum with pointed ears ??? Ugh Did the Wachaowski’s not watch Game of Thrones.

    • Channing Tatum was in GoT with pointed ears?

  5. I love me a good Sci-Fi/Action movie and this actually looks interesting. the Wachowskis have never let me down. Cloud Atlas doesn’t count because that was a novel they adapted. But overall, I’m intrigued an will definitely be seeing this!

    • Well, didn’t “Speed Racer” kinda suck really bad? I couldn’t say for sure since I couldn’t finish watching it.

  6. I doubt Tatum can carry the very ambitious expectations of this film. But because I’m a sci fi fan, I will most definitely see this movie. The visuals alone are candylicious.

  7. Wow! I almost feel bad for Marvel having to follow this with GOTG. Almost.

  8. So Channing Tatum plays an intergalactic elf ?

  9. I’m a big fan of Cloud Atlas and have a feeling this one will do significantly better in the box office. Anyone else agree or disagree?

    • If this fails, it will likely be for different reasons than Cloud Atlas, so it’s a hard call for me. I also am a Cloud Atlas fan.

      • True. If it fails it will be more because people dislike it than they don’t quite get it, or feel it’s overly ambitious.

        But I just don’t see this flopping as bad. I think Channing Tatum fans will come out and also the whole thing looks more commercial. I feel like it will get RT reviews around the 75s and do pretty well financially.

        • If it fails, it will probably be because people didn’t understand it, like Cloud Atlas and the Matrix sequels. The trailer isn’t necessarily indicative of the complexity of the movie. Just based on prerelease information I see references to Zeno, astrology, and Terry Gilliam’s Brazil. That being said, I think the Wachowskis are aiming for an accessible film that’s more “The Matrix” than “Revolutions”.

          • ^^^
            Definitely. I also think that’s what they’re going for.

  10. I want to be excited to see this, but it just reminds me of how dissappointed I felt after watching Disney’s ‘John Carter.’. I love the idea of a big space opera, but the Wachowskis haven’t given me much hope with their last few flicks. Mr. Tatum looks so ridiculous as an Elf, and maybe if they casted a better actress than Ms. Kunis to play the princess, I might feel that I could support this. My money is still on Marvel’s Epic Space movie ‘GOTA,’ to crush this film!

  11. That Tatum poster is the first truly cool visual I’ve seen from this film. Screams “darker Fifth Element” to me. Everything else, including the trailers and the Kunis poster, has not looked very good.

    I’ll go see this because of the Wachowskis and the fact that it’s an original space opera and because I took a chance on John Carter and loved it.

    But I am bracing for Jupiter Ascending to be horrible, based on the trailers. Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

  12. Cloud Atlas is the perfect definition of an Epic movie and I hope this is the same. The Wachowski’s can’t do wrong by me….

    Am I the only one who like Speed Racer?

    • Yes. :)

    • No, you are not. I really thought Speed Racer got a bum rap. For what it was supposed to be, it was really good. If you were a fan of the original animated series as a kid, then you probably liked it, if you had nothing to tie it to and just went in with unreal expectations, then you probably hated it.
      I also liked John Carter and was very disappointed that it didn’t do well as I am a huge fan of the book series and of most of Edgar Rice Burroughs writing. I didn’t like it completely as they changed some of the story around, but overall I thought it was done well. Millions of times better than the Princess of Mars train wreck with Traci Lords released in 2009, that still gives me nightmares of horrible acting and effects!

  13. Come on, was John Carter that bad? I thought it was actually pretty good.

    • The problem with John Carter was overhyped with the marketing and promos. Heck, it’s marketing budget was around $150 million.
      It was visually stunning . The CGI were worth seeing it in 3D.

      • To make matters worse and even further make your point it was actually around $250 million budget I believe.

  14. Channing Tatum.. IS… a Vulcan with a passion!

    So I’m guessing this movie leads up to Spock’s birth.

  15. Let me guess… Sean Bean dies?

    • What? Why would you figure that 😉

  16. I’m impressed Sean Bean made it to the end of the trailer alive… He won’t make the end of the film.

  17. I just can’t take Channing Tatum seriously. I would like to, but his character looks so contrived. The goatee looks stuck to his face and there is an element of cheese with over saturated CGI all over the place.

    I love the Wachowskis. The first Matrix is as close to a perfect film as you can get. I enjoyed Cloud Atlas, but this time the two principle leads just do not pull me into the story.

    I hope I am wrong and I hope it’s a great film, but my gut says otherwise….

  18. Wow. This is a painful trailer to watch. It’s so ridiculously over-saturated with Sci-Fi cliche’s. Oh look, we got space and space ships that fire at each other, and sexy humanoid aliens that look like they could either be from Asgard or LOTR, and don’t forget the mech suits/robots.

    I was hoping this would be something new and exciting, but something about it is very forced and off putting for me and I get a very 5th Element meets John Carter vibe; which is funny some of the posters have made references to John Carter and 5th Element so it’s not just me. Maybe it’s Mila Kunis and her whiny/sarcastic self. Maybe it’s the spcace-elf-Channing Tatum design, but nothing about the trailer makes me even want to try to care.

    It’s painfully obvious that the studio big-wigs are desperately trying to tap into that “Marvel/Disney-GOTG/Star Wars-Space Opera” money.