Channing Tatum Confirms ‘Jupiter Ascending’ Casting

I think we’re going to have to stop calling 2012 the year of Channing Tatum pretty soon. The actor’s had a fantastic year so far, no doubt, but his future is equally bright: in 2013 he makes his long-awaited return as Duke in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” and he’s got some other hotly anticipated projects in the pipeline as well… including an unlikely team-up with the makers of “The Matrix.”

During MTV Sneak Peek Week ahead of Sunday night’s Movie Awards telecast, the “Magic Mike” actor confirmed recent rumors that he’ll be appearing in “Jupiter Ascending,” the upcoming sci-fi flick from the visionary Wachowski siblings.

“Yes, absolutely,” he said when asked if he’d be involved in the movie. “It’s going to be a crazy action movie from the [directors] of ’The Matrix.’ They’re going to reinvent the wheel as far as action goes, all over again.”

Tatum’s confirmation comes just one day after alleged plot details were leaked by Vulture. According to the New York Magazine blog, “Jupiter Ascending” is all about “higher forms of life [who] are watching us from other, albeit this time non-meta worlds, but actual, other worlds, as in planets and moons.” Mila Kunis (who also recently confirmed her participation to MTV News) is set to play a Russian immigrant “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.”

The report goes on to identify Tatum’s character as an evolved-being bounty hunter sent to kill Kunis’ character, but instead falls in love with her and attracts the ire of his genetically superior contemporaries in the process.

It goes without saying that none of these details are confirmed, save for Kunis and Tatum’s casting. But if this really is the plot for “Jupiter Ascending,” it sounds like Tatum is absolutely right on the money: the Wachowskis are going to be reinventing the wheel yet again.

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