Of the 27 major movie releases featured in Screen Rant's Ultimate Summer 2014 trailer, only eight are original properties rather than reboots, sequels or adaptations. Of those eight movies, two fall into the sci-fi action genre: Luc Besson's Lucy, and Andy and Lana Wachowski's self-described "space opera", Jupiter Ascending.
As a big-budget, high-risk, effects-heavy sci-fi action movie with an original screenplay, Jupiter Ascending is in many ways this year's Pacific Rim. Mila Kunis plays the titular lead, Jupiter Jones, a humble caretaker who discovers that Earth itself is merely a tiny cog in a bustling universe, and her genetic signature marks her as royalty and the heir to Earth. Understandably the Earth's current ruler, Balem (Eddie Redmayne) is not pleased about this fact.
Helping shepherd Jupiter towards planetary royalty is Caine (Channing Tatum), a deadly and pointy-eared soldier who has been tasked with ensuring that Jupiter ends up ascended rather than assassinated. A new international trailer for Jupiter Ascending has now been released, and features a dizzying mix of space battle special effects and intergalactic royal politics that might be a little off-putting to those who aren't already fans of the genre.
It's a well-known fact that it's impossible for men and women to just be platonic monarch-destabilizing buddies, so this trailer also gives away the fact that Jupiter and Caine end up getting romantically entangled. Let's hope he's interested in more than just her titles.
Jupiter Ascending is the Wachowskis' first original movie (as opposed to adaptations like Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer) since their original breakout hit The Matrix, which was praised for its groundbreaking premise and won four Oscars, including one for its visual effects. The Matrix is probably one of the best examples of the hero's journey in modern cinema, and Jupiter Ascending looks like it will stick closely to the same formula. The Wachowskis do love their Chosen Ones.
Jupiter Ascending is out in theaters on July 18, 2014.