New Jupiter Ascending Trailer Expands the Universe


The Wachowskis’ sci-fi epic reveals secret origins and intergalactic war

The Wachowskis won back a lot of critics with 2012’s visionary genre-buster Cloud Atlas, but they’ve still yet to score a genuine box-office juggernaut to match their starmaking Matrix Trilogy.

The duo, their investors and Warner Bros had been hoping that the galaxy-spanning sci-fi action/adventure Jupiter Ascending would do the trick this past Summer, but the film wound up being delayed until this coming February, ostensibly to complete work on the film’s extensive special effects. Now, a brand-new trailer offers a look at those effects, and reveals more of Jupiter’s ambitious storyline.

In the film, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) is an ordinary working-class young woman who finds herself being hunted by aliens. Protected by a humanoid/wolf-hybrid soldier (Channing Tatum), she learns that Earth (along with thousands of other worlds) and its people were created and managed by an alien life/energy-farming corporation currently embroiled in a power-struggle; which is threatened by the possibility that Jupiter herself is the genetic-reincarnation of Earth’s rightful “ruler.” In addition to more story, the trailer offers better views of sprawling alien worlds, strange creatures like winged reptile-men and Sean Bean as “Stinger,” a character who has been described as a human/bee hybrid.

Jupiter Ascending is due in theaters February 6th, 2015.


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