Last year, Andy and Lana Wachowski (with co-director Tom Tykwer) returned to the big screen with the release of Cloud Atlas, their first film since 2008’s Speed Racer. Although the film didn’t become the huge box office success Warner Bros. was hoping [it grossed around $121 million worldwide, on a reported $102 million budget], the Wachowskis are still carrying good faith from the success of The Matrix. As production begins on their new science fiction film Jupiter Ascending, Warner Bros has issued a press release that reveals the official synopsis.
You can read the plot description below, via ComicBookMovie:
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.
Jupiter Ascending features an all-star cast including Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy, and Tim Pigott-Smith. Warner Bros. has set Jupiter Ascending for a summer 2014 release, so perhaps it will be heavier on the action and lighter on the introspection than Cloud Atlas.
The Wachowskis will be working with some of their long-time collaborators on Jupiter Ascending. John Toll, who did the photography on Cloud Atlas, will return as cinematographer. Dan Glass will do visual effects and John Gaeta will work on the Jupiter Ascending‘s visual effects design. Gaeta won an Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on the original Matrix movie, while Dan Glass previously worked on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003.
Jupiter Ascending will hit theaters everywhere on July 25, 2014, in IMAX.