The Wachowski Siblings’ JUPITER ASCENDING, Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Begins Filming; First Synopsis Released

     April 15, 2013


Shooting has begun on the Wachowski Siblings‘ new sci-fi film, Jupiter Ascending.  The film follows Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe.  The movie is currently shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden and will remain in the U.K. until June.  The production will then move to Chicago to finish filming.

Hit the jump for the first full synopsis.  The film also stars Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and Sean BeanJupiter Ascending opens in 3D on July 25, 2014.

wachowski-siblings-fantastic-festHere’s the press release.  The official synopsis is in bold:

Filming is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “Jupiter Ascending,” an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski.  Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, which began shooting at Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden on April 2, 2013.

From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing.  Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since “The Matrix” Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis.  Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.

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. 

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”).

Behind the scenes, “Jupiter Ascending” reunites the Wachowskis with their longstanding collaborators, who most recently worked with them on “Cloud Atlas.”  They include Oscar®-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall”); production designer Hugh Bateup; editor Alexander Berner; costume designer Kym Barrett; and makeup and hair designer Jeremy Woodhead.  “Jupiter Ascending” will showcase the kind of cutting-edge visual effects that have become the benchmarks of the Wachowskis’ films.  Dan Glass (“Batman Begins,” “Cloud Atlas”) is the film’s visual effects supervisor, a post he has occupied for the Wachowskis since “The Matrix” Trilogy.  Additionally, John Gaeta, the visual effects Oscar® winner behind “The Matrix,” is contributing to the visual effects design.

The production will remain in the UK at the studios through June, at which time filming will move to Chicago for completion.

“Jupiter Ascending” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

  • Viswanath

    Haha, interesting plotline. It’s one of those crazy “What if?” thoughts one comes across now and then.

  • El Guapo

    And once it is released everyone will trash it, like every movie they made after The Matrix…

    • Toms

      Who’s exactly trashing their movies?! Ok, the two Matrix movies after the first one wasn’t very good, but Speed Racer was a really cool movie and I thought that Cloud Atlas was fantastic, a game changer.

      • No…JustNO

        A game changer? No offense, but you REALLY need to see more movies. In absolutely no way was that movie a “game changer.”

      • D.Z.

        Especially since Cloud Atlas “borrowed” from Osamu Tezuka’s Phoenix.

      • Uh….no…no, no, no

        uh no… you guys are stupid and REALLY need to see more movies. Cloud Atlas was unquestionably one of the best films of the year, if not decade. I’m sorry you didn’t fully get it or appreciate it.

        “Borrowed” from Phoenix. LOLOLOLOL. Uh, read one and then see the other. You’re like one of those people that thinks because a monster is one story that it’s some how stealing from the other, because WOW – it has a monster too!

        It’s all good though… only natural that people are behind the curve for art that is way ahead of the curve.

        See Cloud Atlas two more times, and then come back and post. If you know anything about film and have studied it extensively… or for that matter, worked in work – you would fully appreciate how Cloud Atlas was able to change the future of film. …and as thus, be a ‘game-changer’

      • HA!

        Cloud Atlas was more convoluted pseudo philosophical garbage covered in CGI glitter. Seriously, their movies are like taking a bunch of random half baked discussions from community college philosophy courses and slap it all together. Anyone who thinks Cloud Atlas will have an impact on anything is just as whacked as the Wach brothers (or is it brother and sister these days?) Although it’s not surprising coming from someone who thought Speed Racer was “really cool.” Fact: Cloud Atlas flopped big time and for good reason.

      • P.S.

        I’d rather watch two stoned fools waxing philosophical for 171 minutes than sit through another second of Cloud Atlas.

  • Nate

    Sounds like a sci-fi fairytale of sorts. I can only imagine it’s gonna be pretty epic in scale. I’m officially pumped!

  • Steve Blow Jobs

    Disney channel movie ?

  • JK1193

    Yay, Doona’s back with the Wachowskis!!!! I hope her appearance matches the wonder of Sonmi. :)

  • Adam

    I was intrigued until i read the words “Queen of the universe”, now it sounds like an adam sandler movie.

    • Steve

      Sandler? Please. Makes me think of high camp. Barbarella or Flash Gordon. I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s precisely the point. Could be an embarrassment. But could be lots of fun.

  • Sami35

    Really looking forward to this film.

  • astro

    mila kunis. really? she should stick to comedies.

  • D.Z.

    Space Quest already did the janitor thing, Wachowskis.

  • bobice

    “a recent Russian immigrant who has to scrub toilets for a living, but then discovers she has the genetic signature that makes her next in line to be Queen of the Universe. ”
    Sounds fucking retarded.

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  • Anon

    I heard a rumor of a different synopsis. That Jupiter IS the queen of the galaxy, and was usurped and lost her memory, somehow landing on Earth. This all comes back when Tatum tracks her down, Boba Fett-style, for the usurper queen.