Sean Bean in orbit for “Jupiter Ascending”

Mark Deming
Movie Talk

Sean Bean, the British actor who played Boromir in Peter Jackson's "Lord Of The Rings" trilogy, is going to be working with some filmmakers who have a three-part epic of their own to their credit.

Bean has been announced to join the cast of "Jupiter Ascending," the upcoming project from the sibling writing and directing team of Andy and Lana Wachowski. The Wachowskis previously brought us the "Matrix" franchise (as well as several related video games and online spin-offs), in addition to the more recent "Speed Racer" and "Cloud Atlas."

Bean will be starring alongside Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, and Eddie Redmayne in the futuristic tale, in which humans are at the foot of the evolutionary ladder, and a menial laborer with the potential to elevate the species finds herself a target of assassination by one of the most powerful women in the Universe.

There's no definitive word yet on Bean's place in the story, but it has been speculated he'll be playing Stinger, a charming rogue with a mercenary streak, much in the manner of Han Solo.

In addition to playing Boromir, the versatile Bean also appears on the series "Game Of Thrones" as Eddard Stark, as well as starring as Paul Winstone on "Missing." Bean rose to fame in the UK with a series of made for television films based on Bernard Cornwell's Richard Sharpe novels, which followed the adventures of a 19th Century rifleman. With Bean on board, "Jupiter Ascending" moves closer to its start date, with an anticipated release date in 2014.