Ever since the first Matrix movie, the Wachowskis have been dabbling in action and sci-fi, with mixed results. V for Vendetta was well-received, though Speed Racer was not. Last year’s Cloud Atlas was long and ambitious and caused wide disagreement among critics.
For their latest project, the Wachowski siblings seem to be going back to the roots of their success. Jupiter Ascending is a sci-fi action thriller that deals with concepts such as space, genetics, and power.
The movie stars two of the most popular current actors in Hollywood, Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Kunis plays a young human woman named Jupiter Jones who becomes caught up in non-human politics because she was unlucky enough to be born with a specific genetic marker. Tatum is the “hunter” with pointy ears and an odd-looking goatee who saves Jones and escorts her along her journey. Sean Bean is also there as a mentor figure, presumably one that will have a meaningful sacrificial death.
The first teaser trailer for Jupiter Ascending was released today and previews plenty of what the Wachowskis seem to be good at: action, CG sci-fi ships, and a bit of philosophical rumination: