Up to this point little was known about the Wachowski siblings’ next film, the sci-fi adventure Jupiter Ascending. That’s changed now after Vulture talked to a source working on the film. Said source dropped quite a bit in the way of plot details, and things sound a wee bit crazy. Good crazy, I think.
Jupiter Ascending, which hasn’t begun filming, is envisioned as the first installment of a trilogy, a la The Matrix. The premise is that human beings are not the apex of evolution, just a stop along the way.
[H]uman beings are just the Cro-Magnons, or even the Australopithecines, of what beings can ultimately go on to become in the galaxy…It’s a return to form for [the Wachowskis], because these higher forms of life are watching us from other, albeit this time non-meta worlds, but actual, other worlds, as in planets and moons.
That takes care of the more esoteric side of Jupiter Ascending, but the article also offers a bunch of concrete plot details as well. The story features a reluctant female protagonist played by Mila Kunis. A Russian immigrant—Kunis herself is a Ukrainian immigrant—she cleans toilets for a living. The twist is that “she actually possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule.” The whole thing has a serious Snow White vibe to it.
So what does the Queen of the Universe do neutralize this threat? She sends a hit man, played by Channing Tatum, after her. But wait just a damn minute. The assassin falls in love with the cleaning lady, much to the chagrin of his boss.
There are different groups and classes of these more highly evolved life forms. They all have some human DNA, but have been combined with animal DNA in order to enhance and exploit their best qualities. For example, laborers are combined with bees to increase their work ethic, and soldiers get “their fearlessness, strength, and a pack mentality from wolves.”
The source also mentioned that the Wachowskis might make a move on Joseph Gordon-Levitt in an as-yet-unnamed role.
I know the Wachowskis favor thematically dense scripts, but damn that’s a like a lot to cram into a single movie (or even three). This really does sound like a metaphysical, spaced-out update of the Snow White legend. It’ll be curious see how they pull all of this off, or if Jupiter Ascending will turn into an unwieldy beast.