Mila Kunis and Channing Battle for Earth in New Jupiter Ascending Trailer

Posted on October 4, 2014

The second trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowskis space opera/thriller Jupiter Ascending features Mila Kunis coming to terms with being one of the most important people in the universe. Channing Tatum is determined to protect her at all costs.

Fans of the Wachowskis (The Matrix, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) were worried when the highly anticipated Jupiter Ascending was moved from its summer release to February of 2015. The studio said they needed more time to work on some amazing special effects and from the looks of this trailer that explanation makes sense.

Mila plays Jupiter, a normal Earth girl who cleans houses for a living. When Channing Tatum's character shows up, her life is turned upside down. Channing, who has pointed ears and is an alien elite bodyguard, tells her she is royalty -- the reincarnation of a very powerful member of an extraterrestrial dynastic family which owns Earth. Jupiter will own Earth if she claims it. If not, it will go to the evil Balem (a scenery-chewing Eddie Remayne).

Balem orders Jupiter to be killed. He is determined to "harvest" Earth and destroy its inhabitants before he will allow Jupiter to claim it. Jupiter is having a lot of trouble coming to terms with being a potential Queen. But she loves Earth and she's not going to allow anyone to destroy it. The trailer tells us that humanity was seeded on Earth 100,000 years ago and that it is part of a much greater intergalactic society. Earth is considered a backward, undeveloped planet. No one in the ruling classes seems concerned about the impending harvest which they hear is quite "humane."

Jupiter falls for her bodyguard, who is appalled at her affections. He tells her, "Your majesty, I have more in common with a dog than I have with you." "I love dogs, I've always loved dogs," Jupiter replies. Apparently those egalitarian Earth mores have rubbed off on the young Queen, who doesn't share the aristocracy's disdain for so-called lesser races.

The more trailers we see, the more we like what we see. We remember the first time we saw The Matrix. It was truly mind-blowing. The Wachowskis are determined to create the same experience with Jupiter Ascending after the box office failure of Cloud Atlas. We're looking forward to it. Take a look:

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