Sean Bean is set to join the upcoming sci-fi film Jupiter Ascending.

The actor is being lined up for a starring role in the latest project from director siblings Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix, Cloud Atlas).

Deadline reports that Bean will play a "Han Solo-type character" in the film, which centres around the idea that planet Earth is being ruled by superior beings from other worlds.

Mila Kunis will also star in the film as a young woman who is targeted for assassination when the Queen of the Universe discovers she possesses the same perfect genetics as her, with her very existence threatening the monarch's rule.

Also featuring in the cast-list are Magic Mike star Channing Tatum and Eddie Redmayne.