Jupiter Ascending has not been a critically praised film, neither has it been a success at the box office. But the science fiction film has already begun its transformation into a beloved cult film, despite only being released in February of 2015; online blogs, fan-created works and other material dedicated to the film have been circulating since its release, despite the negative reviews. One of the reasons for the film’s success with fans may be its performances—particularly that of Eddie Redmayne, who’s over the top performance has been described as the “strangest, yet best” performance in the film. The following are 3 unique trivia facts about the film that may just surprise you.
Eddie Redmayne’s character has a more complex past in the script
There are numerous references in the film to Channing Tatum’s character Caine tearing out the throat of another character, although the victim is never mentioned. Many fans have speculated that Eddie Redmayne’s character was the victim, but it is never confirmed in the final cut of the film.
However, in the earlier drafts of the film, the script makes it clear that it is Eddie Redmayne’s character—Balem—who was the victim of the attack. This is reflected in the costume choices for the character, which feature high collars, as well as Eddie Redmayne’s raspy voice in the role.
The original script was a “sci-fi fairytale.”
In the original script, Mila Kunis’s character Jupiter Jones is not the genetic reincarnation of a deceased space queen. She is instead a superior genetic copy of the queen who, because of her superior genes, has the right to challenge the queen and take her place. In the original script, the queen was not only alive, but the primary antagonist of the film—it is the queen who sends assassins after Jupiter, much like the fairy tale Snow White, where a queen sends a huntsman to kill a girl because she has surpassed her in beauty.
The original script was also considerably longer than the 2-hour film; the script had a projected running time of almost 3 and a half hours.
Natalie Portman was slated to star in the film
The role of Jupiter Jones was originally going to be played by Natalie Portman, who ended up dropping out of the film for unknown reasons. Several other actors were considered for the role before Mila Kunis was ultimately cast.