I bet you woke up today and you were all, WHAT I NEED IS A SUPER-WEIRD TRAILER FROM THE MATRIX CREATORS THAT STARS MILA KUNIS AS SOME SORT OF GENETICALLY SUPERIOR HOT CHICK AND CHANNING TATUM AS AN ELF-EARED SPACE BOUNTY HUNTER TYPE DUDE.
Well slow your roll, Caps Lock, because I've got that exact preview for you this morning. It's for Jupiter Ascending, the upcoming sci-fi flick from Lana and Andy Wachowski, the trippy siblings who brought us The Matrix, V for Vendetta, and Cloud Atlas. It's hard to definitively say what Jupiter Ascending's all about based on one extremely weird two-minute clip, but I think it's safe to say you've never seen Channing Tatum quite like this before.
Here's the official plot summary from IMDb:
Jupiter Jones 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, 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.
OMG, don't you hate when your genetic signature alters the balance of the cosmos? Been there, Jupiter. Here's the trailer:
If you're wondering what's up with Tatum's nearly unrecognizable looks, here's his explanation:
I’m a splice, splices are essentially built in a test tube. I’m a hybrid wolf and human. And half albino, so I’m a little defective.
Ahh, I wondered why he had sort of a Legolas/Wolverine vibe going on there. Spliced with that dude who's always doing the ads for electronic cigarettes, whatshisname, Stephen Dorff.
"I've made the switch, will you?" *takes giant drag, smolders at camera*
This is one of those trailers where you get the sense the film could go either way -- it might be a totally unique, visually spectacular epic that ends up being as memorable as The Matrix, or it might be a high-concept-but-ultimately-lame sci-fi soap opera.
I'm hoping for the former, but either way it sounds like Tatum is going to be fun to watch, even under all that makeup. Here's what he had to say about filming:
We are breaking ground on -- I mean it’s a tough shoot. We’re doing stuff that’s never been done, inside the camera, in the CG world, and the physical stuff. There’s very little, if not no, digital stuntmen in the movie. All the stuff is really real and it’s been hard figuring it out because they don’t like doing anything that’s been done before. (...) You have a pre-vis that has already been cartooned out to the way they want it to look, and I'm trying to match that in physicality. It's crushing, but when you do get it, it's amazing. I just hope we finish the movie -- because it's killing me.
Translation: his body is going to be OFF THE DAMN HOOK in this movie.
Jupiter Ascending hits theaters on July 25, do you think you'll be interested in seeing it?
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