Watch: First Trailer For The Wachowskis' 'Jupiter Ascending' Starring Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis

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by Kevin Jagernauth
December 9, 2013 7:32 PM
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“It’s a science-fiction space opera," Lana and Andy Wachowski said earlier this year. "It has a lot of things from a lot of genres that we love. It’s got a lot of original action, it’s got a lot of romance." No matter where you stand on last year's "Cloud Atlas," it's undeniable that it had the stamp of the Wachowski siblings. An amalgam of fantasy, sci-fi and Big Ideas, those have largely been the hallmarks of the directors and they are continuing in that tradition with "Jupiter Ascending," which is dropping the curtain on its veil of secrecy with the first trailer today.

Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the flick is a fairy tale-esque saga of a woman who could hold the key to the cosmos, and the man sworn to kill and then protect her. Ambitious stuff as per usual from the directorial pair, who have been promising they've got something up their sleeve that will see them push beyond bullet-time. But considering critics were mixed on "Cloud Atlas," and audiences didn't really show up, can this movie rebound the Wachowskis? Here's the official synopsis:

Jupiter Jones (Kunis) was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things.  Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks.  Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along—her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.  

Co-starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith, and featuring a score by Michael Giacchino, "Jupiter Ascending" opens on July 25, 2014. Watch below. First official image from EW. Update 2.28: An international trailer for "Jupiter Ascending" has arrived. Watch below.

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23 Comments

  • Annoianoid | January 18, 2014 8:39 AMReply

    But at least they've got a baddie with an upper class English accent. Which is as it should be.

  • LA2000 | December 10, 2013 8:42 PMReply

    Unfortunately, this does not look good. And the problem with that is not that there is one more bad movie to avoid, but that there will be one more original "blockbuster" bombing at the box office.

    Thank god "Gravity" was a hit. Otherwise, studios would be locking us in big budget sequel hell for the foreseeable future.

    It would appear that dreams of a renaissance of bold, big budget and original Hollywood product may well be riding entirely on the shoulders of Christopher Nolan and "Interstellar."

    God help us if that trailer is as bad as this one.

  • SomeDude | December 10, 2013 10:16 AMReply

    You're all a bunch of haters. I'm not even what you would consider a Wachowski fan but I'm certainly happy there's an original sci-fi summer film out there that isn't another shitty superhero property. We'll see next summer.

  • hb | December 10, 2013 11:42 AM

    Pacific Rim is a good example of why an original sci-fi film isn't necessarily a good scifi film. The story and characters might have been 'original', but they were also recycled from countless of stupid action adventures. You could make an argument that Pacific Rim didn't have any 'original' elements at all.

    Somehow I have a feeling that this film is more Pacific Rim than Inception.

  • Marko | December 10, 2013 10:48 AM

    I take it you also really liked Pacific Rim.

  • Alex | December 10, 2013 10:06 AMReply

    This looks...surprisingly bad, full of clichés and bad acting :( Guess action and meh-CGI is all we can wait for.

  • LB | December 10, 2013 9:35 AMReply

    Jeez what's with people and flinging shit at the Wachowskis, no wonder cinema is on it's last legs when those who are at least trying to do something within it's narrow parameters are constantly subjected to mindless crap. Yeah it's CGI (what isn't?), yeah it's action but at least it's not the same, weirdo patriotic superhero movie.

  • LB | December 12, 2013 4:08 AM

    yeah right, so superman, spiderman and the rest aren't stories of ordinary schmoe's saving the world. When are u suckers going to figure out you've been watching the same movie, often literally, for decades now?

  • your mom | December 10, 2013 5:10 PM

    Yeah, it's not patriotic superhero movie. It's 'ordinary schmoe is the chosen one saves the world -sci fi movie'. Never seen that concept before.

  • bohmer | December 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    nice to see some reasonable comments in here..(y)

  • Andrew Willis | December 10, 2013 9:01 AMReply

    Everyone is ripping this trailer, and the Wachowskis, but who else is doing original property sci-fi? I'll take a glorious flop of an original story (even if the plot mechanics are familiar) over a rehash of a tired property any day.

  • major Kalas | December 10, 2013 6:33 AMReply

    ...it feels like they showed quite a lot in this trailer...

  • JJ | December 10, 2013 6:01 AMReply

    Looks absolutely terrible.

  • rodie | December 10, 2013 1:13 AMReply

    Why do people act like the Wachowskis invented the "bullet-time" technique? Those types of shots were used in goddam pizza commercials before they were seen in The Matrix.

  • yer | December 10, 2013 12:33 AMReply

    Jesus, Tatum is such a mediocre actor.

  • CrombyMouse | December 10, 2013 1:03 AM

    Looks like he has a very good agent or some other force which pushes him hard.

    He's totally un-gifted. There are plenty of actors around same age which are way, way better.
    Gosling, Gordon-Lewitt... Gosh! Even Taylor Kitsch is Daniel Day-Lewis comparing to Tatum!

  • Radu | December 10, 2013 12:29 AMReply

    So, how much do you want to bet that Sean Bean's character is going to die?

  • JK | December 10, 2013 3:40 AM

    Yeah, he's the Obi-Wan character in this. He'll explain Jupiter how this universe works and that she's special. Then he'll die before act three so that Jupiter and Han Solo Tatum have to save the day by themselves.

    That's what'll happen, just wait and see.

  • Truth Powell | December 9, 2013 11:24 PMReply

    Horrible art direction. Cgi destroyed film.

  • rolyat | December 9, 2013 9:50 PMReply

    channing tatum looks like a goat

  • Slarp | December 9, 2013 10:27 PM

    Hahaha the beard is awful

  • josh the | December 9, 2013 7:48 PMReply

    flip

  • The Josh | December 9, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    flop

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