Jupiter Ascending Comic-Con

Among all the talk of sequels and adaptations, Warner Bros. also previewed one of their most intriguingly offbeat upcoming releases at Hall H on Saturday. Channing Tatum was on hand to reveal some new footage from Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowskis‘ first original sci-fi movie since the Matrix trilogy. Hit the jump to get a recap.

The Jupiter Ascending footage shown at Comic-Con was essentially an extended trailer. We open on Mila Kunis, as Jupiter Jones, waking up disoriented and asking, “Where am I?” Caine — the alien wolf-man hybrid played by Tatum — responds that they’re still in Chicago, but it’s clear that they’re in the middle of a crazy situation.

Caine explains that Earthlings aren’t the only life in this universe “with more planets than you can count” and we launch into a montage of high-speed chases and shiny explosions across the Chicago night sky. The action looked crisp, colorful, and energetic — think of the Somni sequences in the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas.

Eventually we get to a scene of Jupiter in a field, looking skeptical. “Space cop. Sure,” she says. In a different scene, Sean Bean explains that not only are humans not alone, Earth isn’t even the birthplace of the human race. Other factions want Jupiter dead so they can take control. She insists “I’m nobody” but they point out that her enemies aren’t sending assassins after her because she’s nobody.

We got to see some of the other, non-Earthling inhabitants of the Jupiter Ascending universe including small, lanky creatures with horse-like legs and tall lizard men. We got to see the Queen, of whom Jupiter is a clone. “Your majesty, your life is about to change if you want it to,” someone tells Jupiter.

Then we got to a weird romantic scene. “Your majesty, I have more in common with a dog than I do with you,” Caine says. Jupiter responds, “I love dogs, I’ve always loved dogs.” Then they start making out. Like I said: weird. But we don’t dwell on that too long — the montage cuts to more action, and then the trailer is over.

All in all, the Jupiter Ascending footage lived up to the promise Tatum made us at the beginning of the panel. “[The Wachowskis are] absolutely out of their minds,” he said. “We tried to do something different, something you’ve never seen before.”

Jupiter Ascending opens February 6, 2015.

Jupiter Jones (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 other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (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.

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