The Wachowskis (formerly known as the Wachowski Brothers until Larry’s gender transition) are back this summer with a bigger-than-big science fiction film that fans are hoping lives up to the hype.
Jupiter Ascending stars the ever-popular Mila Kunis as Jupiter, a lowly janitor who learns that she has a great genetic destiny.
Kunis has been very present in the news lately, from her relationship rumor with Ashton Kutcher, to their engagement, and now to her verified pregnancy. But the 30-year old actress isn't just known for her front-page tabloid news. Her last films have grossed $1.8 billion. (Not too shabby.)
Jupiter Ascending also stars 33-year old Channing Tatum (of Magic Mike fame) as an an interplanetary warrior sent to track down the girl with the the unique genetic signature. Sean Bean (Game of Thrones) and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables) also star in the film.
The first trailer was released in January to positive reviews, but critics like Screen Rant still wonder if it will live up to the hype, calling it one of the riskiest box office bets of the year. This is perhaps due to the disappointment of the Wachowskis other films, such as Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer, following the initial success of the first Matrix film.
However, Andy and Lana Wachowski are still hopeful that Jupiter Ascending will surprise.
"It's a science-fiction space opera," Lana said outside an Australians in Film awards dinner. "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."
Andy, who co-wrote and directed the film with Lana, says that the visual effects in the film are "complicated."
"We seem not to be very good at making small things," Lana said. "We keep saying 'Let's go make a small movie.' But then they always end up being enormously complex. We want to somehow always find something that is different or that no one has tried."
If the movie is successful, Lana laughed, she and her brother plan to "take a sabbatical."
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