Les Miserables Star Eddie Redmayne To Join Channing Tatum In Wachowskis' Next Sci-Fi Effort
Anne Hathaway may be getting all the Oscar buzz for Les Miserables, and Hugh Jackman all the attention for his leading performance, but for my money the biggest breakout star of Les Mis is Eddie Redmayne, who plays the idealistic and lovestruck student Marius. Redmayne has had a handful of notable roles over the years including in last year's My Week With Marilyn and the drama Savage Grace, but Les Mis is by far his most mainstream role yet-- and it's now gotten him enough attention to snag a role in an even bigger film.
According to Variety, Redmayne is now in talks to join Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis in Jupiter Ascending, which will be Andy and Lana Wachowski's follow-up to this year's Cloud Atlas. Though we don't know a whole lot about this one yet, since the Wachowskis are prone to keeping their secrecy, the details that have emerged are pretty intense. Kunis actually seems to be the main character, a woman targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe, who is in fact an alien being. In this futuristic world humans are pretty much the insects of the galaxy, and Kunis is seen as puny homo sapien, and a threat to the Queens' power. Tatum would play a bounty hunter who's charged with killing her but-- true to bounty hunter in movie form-- falls in love with her instead.
It's unclear what Redmyane's role will be, and as much as I want him to go full Cloud Atlas transformation and play an alien, it seems more likely he'll be a human as well. Either way, it's great to see the actor gaining a higher profile. His role as Marius should have plenty of emotional young girls swooning after him, and now he might be swaying the sci-fi fans as well.
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