Sean Bean Boards the Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’

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Jupiter Ascending cross-pollinates the Snow White fairy tale with Japanese pop culture influences to create a piece of sci-fi folklore and futuristic mythology, as imagined by filmmakers Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas). The project begins shooting this year, with Mila Kunis starring as the diamond-in-the-rough protagonist: an ordinary human woman whose perfect genetic structure threatens the reign of higher-evolved beings.

Channing Tatum costars as the bounty hunter hired to find and kill Kunis, only to turn around and become her protecter. The remainder of the cast is steadily filling out, including Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables) in an unspecified role.

Deadline is reporting that Sean Bean has come aboard the Wachowskis’ new sci-fi project, referencing his character – named Stinger – as “a Han Solo-type” who is supposed to be noticeably older than Tatum (according to the script). The actor’s a welcome addition to the proceedings, but his tendency to die gruesomely onscreen in whatever role he plays – be it Boromir in Lord of the Rings, Ned Stark in Game of Thrones, or his lesser-known characters in sci-fi films like Equilibrium and The Island – make his involvement something of a warning flag, as far as the longevity of any character he plays goes.

Tatum says Jupiter Ascending is a reinvention of the sci-fi/action genre, while the fundamental plot and character details suggest the Wachowskis are preparing a dense backstory for the film’s fantastical universe in advance; that may allow for a multi-installment sci-fi saga on par with the non-prequel Star Wars trilogy (e.g. better pre-planning than on both Matrix live-action sequels and Animatrix spinoff). Hence, the Han Solo comparison seems fitting; not to mention, a roughneck with a heart-of-gold type is a good match for Bean’s masculine presence. Who knows, he might even be alive by the time the end credits start rolling… maybe.

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Wachowski pictures like Bound, The Matrix, Cloud Atlas (read our review) and, yes, even Speed Racer demonstrate the siblings’ affection for geek pop culture and genre. Even with their Racer and Atlas adaptations, they continue to strive towards revitalizing familiar pop genre aesthetics by mixing and splicing them together – in an effort to create a daring and innovative product. True, the final results do not always turn out well – and have earned the duo a reputation for being divisive – but even their worst output possesses some quality making it memorable.

That’s to say: We’re excited to see how Jupiter Ascending turns out, good or bad. Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments section.


Jupiter Ascending begins shooting in London soon, with (probably) a Summer or Fall 2014 release date target for 3D and IMAX theaters.


Source: Deadline

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  1. He is going to die.

  2. SPOILER ALERT *HE DIES* Honestly I really hope not cause Sean Bean is such an awesome actor and he deserves to be in a movie where he becomes the hero!

    • This is not, strictly speaking, a movie, but he played the hero in Sharpe for many years (and didn’t die once!) It’s certainly worth watching.

      • Richard Sharpe is, and always will be, my favorite Sean Bean role.

  3. So we could be looking at a potential spinoff with Sean Bean expanding his role further with any luck.

    I liked Bean since my parents forced me to watch Sharpe back in the early 90s so his presence should be pretty welcome to anyone who likes good acting.

  4. this movie sounds interesting. and its even more interesting with mila kunis in it.

    before i read the article i just saw the title and thought, “huh, sean bean is either the villian and/or he will die”. haha but i do like him so i hope he sticks around at least halfway through the movie.

  5. He hasn’t died in any of the Sharpe’s series. Hope springs eternal.

    • I think thats about the only thing aside from some 1 off TV shows he hasn’t died in. Hope he doesn’t die in this 1 Sean Bean is a Legend

  6. This sounds pretty f***in awesome

  7. Soon as I saw Sean Bean I said YES. and then I saw Channing Tatum and immediately I said NOOOOOOOOOO!

    Hopefully Tatum’s character is the one that dies (preferably quickly)?

  8. Down. I’ll watch anything Sean Bean is in (except Silent Hill Revelations).

    He better not die, Wachowski’s.

    Oh, who am I kidding…..

  9. If Sean Bean and Mila Kunis is in it, I’ll watch it.

  10. Sean Bean does seem to die a lot onscreen doesn’t he… He has a talent for it for sure. I hope this film is more together plotwise than it currently seems, pitched as Gonzo sci-fi it may work?

  11. Hopefully he doesn’t die in this movie.

  12. I want him back in “GOT”!

  13. I was one of the 8 people who liked Speed Racer…a lot…

    I’ll go see this for Bean and Kunis also.

  14. Perhaps we should start a “Let Sean Live” petition…

  15. I am way excited about this project. It sounds fantastically cool.

  16. I still can’t believe how poorly Cloud Atlas did…

    • @Brandon.

      I thought Cloud Atlas was good, albeit it was a little cerebral for some people to comprehend.

      Me and Wife and two of our daughters saw it, for a movie that was damn near 3 hours long, it went quickly and the pace was sharp.

  17. “that man is a walking spoiler”