Terry Gilliam Will Play A Bit Part In The Wachowskis’ Jupiter Ascending

By Nick Venable | Updated

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gilliamWith the exception of Speed Racer, any project from the Wachowski siblings is going to get a rise out of me, for their storytelling skills manage to take viewers to places that no other filmmakers do, for better or worse. Their next project, Jupiter Ascending, already sounds like some kind of a modern epic fairy tale, and now another of the most notorious modern storytellers will make an appearance in the film, proving that trying to predict anything about a Wachowski project is just silly.

Usually, our sources are places like The Hollywood Reporter or Space.com, but today’s news comes to us from director Terry Gilliam’s Facebook page. He recently let fans know that he would be appearing in Jupiter Ascending, posting the set photo seen below with the following caption:

“Off at dawn tomorrow to pretend to be an actor in the new Wachowski’s film, Jupiter Ascending. It’s a small but vital part (or so I’m told). Apparently, these guys are in the film as well. I can’t wait to meet my hairdresser.”


Indeed. Both men look as if they created wigs out of mops and got into a fight with a bag of flour while wearing the curtains from a bed and breakfast built during John Quincy Adams’ presidency. Gilliam, whose upcoming brain basher The Zero Theorem has us pretty excited, is the rare filmmaker whose failures I love just as much as his masterpieces. (I will quote 12 Monkeys until I die.) Too bad this film’s plotline is too bare bones to make wild guesses as to what he could be playing.

We know that Mila Kunis is in it, playing poor immigrant Jupiter Jones who finds out she shares the same perfect DNA as the Queen of the Universe, which seals her fate or her doom or something. Something is sealed by this. The film also stars Channing Tatum, Sean “Can’t Kill Me If I’m Not In Your Movie” Bean, Douglas Booth, and James D’Arcy. It is set to be released on July 25, 2014.