Wachowskis Offer Channing Tatum & Mila Kunis 'Jupiter Ascending'

March 26, 2012
Source: Deadline

Mila Kunis / Channing Tatum

The talk from the stars of Cloud Atlas like Hugh Grant and Jim Sturgess has been really intriguing, and it sounds like Lana and Andy Wachowski (working with Tom Tykwer) might be on the verge of a film that could live up to The Matrix level of innovation in storytelling. Of course, with the release of that film still unknown, it's hard to say when we'll see all that excitement on the big screen. Even so, the siblings are already started work on their next feature, a sci-fi film called Jupiter Ascending. While Natalie Portman was desired early this year, now Deadline says offers are out to Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis to star.

It seems like a strange pairing for a sci-fi film from the Wachowskis, but look at the casting of Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss for The Matrix, and it kinda makes sense. Though I'll give him endless praise for his comedic work in 21 Jump Street, Tatum has about as strong dramatic chops as Reeves, and that's not saying much. Kunis is a more obvious fit after turns in The Book of Eli and Oz: The Great and Powerful down the road, but Tatum only seems spacey in serious roles, and not in the way that's good for science-fiction unless it's a detached sort of character like Neo from The Matrix. Otherwise, he's basically an action figure (see G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra), and will have no problem with big action. Anyway, plot details for Jupiter Ascending are under wraps, but it's an original idea and looks to start production later this year.

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I don't know about everyone else, but I honestly thought I would never see someone like Channing Tatum starring in a Wachowski sci-fi movie. But I guess I didn't ever think I'd laugh so much at 21 Jump Street, so maybe they can mold him into something. Or, as you already say Ethan, "Tatum has about as strong dramatic chops as Reeves, and that's not saying much."

Alex Billington on Mar 26, 2012


Channing Tatum or not, I am looking forward to something original, in this day and age of adaptations and remakes, original projects are a rarity.  Then again, I still like it if they got someone who actually has "strong dramatic chops"

Michael Lee on Mar 26, 2012


Hmmm...could Channing Tatum play Commander Sheperd? Nah....well...not sure. No, he's too young. OK, sry for this.

David Banner on Mar 27, 2012

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