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The Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending begins; Full synopsis and cast revealed

04.15.2013

After a four-year hiatus after the failed SPEED RACER (a guilty pleasure of mine, though), the Wachowski's returned to the big screen with last years ambiguous epic CLOUD ATLAS, which didn't ignite the box office, but dipped its toe back into the sci-fi waters that has helped to define the filmmakers who lived in the world of THE MATRIX for the better part of a decade from feature films, animated films, videogames, and more based on their famed trilogy.

Now, it seems like the duo are ready to hit the track running, with a number of projects lined up, the first of which, JUPITER ASCENDING, looking to be right up their sci-fi/action alley with a great cast to boot. The film started shooting on April 2, 2013 and the production has sent out a press release, which confirms the cast and gives an official (and much more in-depth) synopsis:

Jupiter Jones (Mila 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 toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Channing 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.

The cast is also confirmed as:

Channing Tatum (Magic Mike) and Mila Kunis (Oz The Great and Powerful) lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings" Trilogy), Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), Douglas Booth (LOL), Tuppence Middleton (TV's "The Lady Vanishes"), Doona Bae (Cloud Atlas), James D'Arcy (Hitchcock) and Tim Pigott-Smith (Alice in Wonderland).

In addition, the Wachowski's will re-team with CLOUD ATLAS cinematographer John Toll, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass and visual effects guru John Gaetta in the mix to bring the kind of visual punch one would expect from a Wachowski film.

JUPITER ASCENDING hits theaters on July 25, 2014.

I'll just leave this here for you...

Extra Tidbit: Could this be Channing Tatum's "Neo" role? With Jupiter Ascending and White House Down on the way, do you think Tatum has a good footing to be an action star leading man or is he best suited in the comedy realm?
Source: Warner Bros.

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