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April 28, 2014
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USA Today lists the 10 iconic movie characters to watch this summer and Eddie’s character from Jupiter Ascending is included! Plus we get our first still from the film!

The power-hungry aristocrat: Balem in Jupiter Ascending

Eddie Redmayne doesn’t usually get to play damaged, borderline-insane guys, but with Andy and Lana Wachowski’s new sci-fi movie Jupiter Ascending (July 18), he chews outer-space scenery as the villainous Balem Abrasax.

The operatic and expansive Jupiter Ascending is set in a future where families own planets for business purposes. Balem happens to own the title to Earth, and he is a Richard III type who is all about the profit margin.

Things get complicated for him, though, when Earth girl Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis) is revealed as a no-nonsense Cinderella figure who is actually the heir to her planet. Balem puts a bounty on her head — that’s when the heroic Caine (Channing Tatum) gets involved to keep her safe long enough to rise to her rightful place.

“It’s almost Shakespearean really, with interfamily bickering and them trying to usurp each other’s power,” Redmayne says of Balem and his siblings (Douglas Booth and Tuppence Middleton). “Then you throw Mila into the mix and it all becomes quite chaotic.”

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