Europa - Amira Akili

While much of her past is still up for debate, Europa is widely thought to be the ancient descendent of Io, who herself was a former lover of Jupiter. As the story goes, Jupiter, so enamored at the sight of King Agenor's daughter Europa, transformed into a bull to hide within the King's herd. While out picking flowers, Europa was approached by a friendly bull that earned her trust with his gentle behavior. After some time, she climbed atop the bull who then ran off, taking Europa to the far off island of Crete, where Jupiter finally revealed himself. 

Jupiter - Sébastian Hirel

Jupiter, or Jove (and Zeus in Greek Mythology), is God of the sky and lightning and ruler of Mt. Olympus. Jupiter was the supreme deity in Roman eyes and was thought to personify Roman rulers, first representing the King himself and eventually the general ruling class as Rome became a Republic. Jupiter is infamous for his countless love affairs, often taking the form of man and animal alike to find what he desires. In the opening of Metamorphoses, Jupiter takes the form of a white bull to carry Europa away from her past life and take her as a lover. Jupiter, always one to take whoever he desire's, goes to great lengths to hide his affairs from his wife (and sister) Juno. An iconic story that is also depicted in the film, is that of Europa's ancient relative Io. Jupiter covered a large portion of land in fog to conceal his affair, but upon seeing a large cloud Juno went to investigate. To hide his infidelity, Jupiter quickly turned Io into a heifer. 

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Juno - Mélodie Richard

Juno (the Roman equivalent to Hera) is both wife and sister to Jupiter and has many associations within Roman mythology. Known chiefly as the protector of the Roman state and goddess of marriage, she is widely feared by humans and gods alike for her penchant to not only hold a grudge, but quickly and harshly act on it. As the goddess of marriage, many of her confrontations are rooted in the infidelities of her husband, Jupiter.


BAcchus - Damien Chappelle

Bacchus (the Greek Dionysus) is the love-child of Jupiter and the human Semele. Enraged with jealousy, Juno convinced Semele to see Jupiter's true form, the sight of which incinerated her. To save Bacchus, Jupiter took his unborn form and sewed him into his thigh. Fully grown, Bacchus would take a seat as one of the 12 Gods that sit at Mt. Olympus and was known as the God of agriculture, wine, and fertility.