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Jupiter Ascending: Watch the latest sci-fi trailer from the creators of The Matrix
Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest mind-bender features Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, and Sean Bean
 

In the decade since the conclusion of the Matrix Trilogy, writer/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski have dabbled in a number of other genres. There was the Orwellian dystopia of V For Vendetta, the candy-colored world of Speed Racer, and the epic, generations-spanning sprawl of Cloud Atlas. Next year's sci-fi/action flick Jupiter Ascending is probably the closest cousin to The Matrix they've released to date — and based on this first trailer, it's going to be every bit as dense.

"It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet," says Channing Tatum's Caine to Mila Kunis' Jupiter Jones. "Your Earth is a very small part of a very large industry," says another mysterious woman. Jupiter — who, despite her name, has never left Earth before — is clearly in over her head.

But apart from those broad strokes, this trailer may leave viewers with more questions than answers. Why do those doctors want to kill Mila Kunis? Why does Channing Tatum have elf ears? What kind of parent names their kid "Jupiter Jones," anyway? Alas, this trailer is short on information and long on sci-fi spectacle. The official plot synopsis for the film provides a few answers — but to get the full story on this mind-bender, we'll probably just have to wait until Jupiter Ascending hits theaters next July.

 
Scott Meslow is the entertainment editor and film and television critic for TheWeek.com. He has written about film and television at publications including The AtlanticPOLITICO Magazine, and Vulture.

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