After months of hearing surprisingly little about the Wachowskis’ upcoming sci-fi space epic Jupiter Ascending, we finally got an extended look at the film today with two character posters and the second full trailer (the first, which debuted in December, did little to clarify Jupiter Ascending‘s story).
The trailer, which you can check out below, plays up the fact that with the directors of The Matrix and Cloud Atlas sitting behind the camera, we can expect to see some truly dazzling visual effects. Also front and center are stars Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum, undeniably the most bankable part of Jupiter Ascending.
Compared to other buzzy blockbusters due to hit screens this summer, like The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jupiter Ascending has seen very little promotion from Warner Bros.. The film looks really interesting though, so hopefully the marketing campaign will kick up a few notches as we get closer to July.
If you’re still confused as to the plot (understandable, given its sprawling nature), take a look at the official plot synopsis below:
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.
I was a huge fan of the Wachowskis’ last sci-fi venture, Cloud Atlas. Though the film’s layered storytelling baffled some critics, I found myself drawn into it more than perhaps any other movie that came out in 2012. With Kunis and Tatum leading the cast, Jupiter Ascending is almost guaranteed to see a better box office haul, and this trailer is giving me hope that the film might also emerge as a sci-fi adventure every bit as ambitious and fascinating as its predecessor.
Co-starring Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, Richard Pickren and Tim Pigott-Smith, Jupiter Ascending opens in IMAX 3D on July 18th.