Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis have both certainly been making a case for being part of the next generation of movie stars, and today their fast rising profiles are solidified a little further as Deadline reports Warner Bros have offered them the lead roles in “Jupiter Ascending”, the next highly secretive sci-fi project from Andy and Lana Wachowski.
Natalie Portman had reportedly been offered the female lead back in January, but it looks like that didn’t come together and her “Black Swan” co-star may get the job instead. The Wachowski siblings are currently finishing up on the ambitious “Cloud Atlas” with co-director Tom Tykwer, but should begin production on “Jupiter Ascending”- based on an original idea, their first since “The Matrix” – in the fall.
Tatum gained some new fans last week when “21 Jump Street” opened and he surprised audiences with his comedic abilities, and will next reunite with Steven Soderbergh for a third time in “Bitter Pill” opposite Rooney Mara, shooting next month. Tatum and Soderbergh’s second collaboration, “Magic Mike”, is in the can and awaiting a June release. Kunis came close to landing an Oscar nomination for Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and can be seen later this year in Seth MacFarlane’s feature directorial debut, “Ted”, and as the Wicked Witch of the West in Sam Raimi’s “Oz The Great and Powerful” opposite James Franco.