Lord of the Rings star Sean Bean has joined the cast of The Wachowskis' new sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending! He joins Eddie Redmayne, Channing Tatum, and Mila Kunis in epic sounding project. Bean will play a character named Stinger, who is described as a Han Solo-type character, which is a part I can totally see him playing.
The story takes place in a time where humans are at the bottom of the evolutionary ladder and follows a woman who has been targeted for assassination by the queen of the universe. It kind of sounds like a much bigger sci-fi retelling of Snow White, and Bean is a great actor that I'm sure will be awesome in it. Hopefully he doesn't die in this movie!
I love watching The Wachowskis' films, and this sounds like it will be a really cool movie. I just watched Speed Racer again recently, and was once again blown away by it's awesomeness. That movie was just ahead of its time. I know a lot of people didn't like that movie but it was just so blasted fun! I'm very excited to see what they have cooking for Jupiter Ascending.
Here's a more detailed rundown of what the movie is about:
Imagine a universe in which “human 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.
[It's] supposed to be the first entry in a trilogy, centers on an unlikely (and as with The Matrix, ultimately reluctant) heroine: A recent Russian immigrant — played by actual Ukrainian immigrant Mila Kunis — who is busily scrubbing toilets for a living. Unbeknownst to her, she actually possesses the same perfect genetic makeup as the Queen of the Universe and is therefore a threat to her otherwise immortal rule.
These evolved beings fall into various different groups, all of which share some human DNA but who have become evolved after being bred with animal DNA to heighten their best characteristics — e.g., soldiers getting their fearlessness, strength, and a pack mentality from wolves; workers getting their industriousness and reputation for diligence from bees.
Pretty soon, a bounty hunter of the evolved-being type is dispatched to dispose of the Cleaning Lady with the Great Pair of Nucloetides, but, as you’d expect with a Matrix re-dux, they fall in love. And for having fallen for his target, the bounty hunter — who we hear will be played by Channing Tatum — well, let’s just say that things get messy after that, because his employers take a-less-than-enlightened-being reaction to his decision to protect rather than kill her.