Luc Besson (‘Lucy‘,’The Transporter’) is getting back into space opera styled science fiction with ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ and has already attached Dane DeHaan (‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ ‘Chronicle’) And Cara Delevingne (‘Suicide Squad,’ ‘Pan’) to the project!
The film will be based off of the French science fiction comic series ‘Valérian and Laureline’ which was originally penned in 1967 by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. Besson and Mézières actually both ended up working on ‘The Fifth Element’ and it makes me wonder if there was any interactions there which may have lead to this film being created.
DeHaan and Delevingne play the leads with Dehaan taking on the role as Valerian and Delevingne as Laureline. The comic itself featured a pair of travelling time and space adventurers who are trying to maintain order in the 28th century.
With ‘The Fifth Element’ being a science fiction classic, I’m extremely curious to see what Besson will be showing us in ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.’ In fact, to celebrate the announcement of the film Besson finally opened a Twitter account “because I’m starting today the biggest challenge of my career and I don’t want to be alone.” Not only is Besson giving us a presence on social media, but he also released the first official logo and poster from the film which you can see below followed by the film’s synpsis. We can only hope that this will be only the first of teases for the film which he’ll be sharing with us.
The intrepid Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witted and sharp-tounged partner, Laureline, are tow of the greatest agents for the vast Galaxity organization. Their missions have taken them across space and time. But now the Galaxity and their home earth have vanished as if they never existed. Along, and totally dependent on their own resources, they struggle to carve out a new life and a new future against intergalactic dangers form the past, present and future. English translations of French albums.
If Besson can give us anything even half as good as ‘The Fifth Element’ then he’ll have most of us sold. I think that with Besson’s work on science fiction space opera and successful track record of making an ongoing series such as ‘The Transporter,’ we could be in for a great trilogy here if we luck out.
What are your thoughts on ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’? Do you think that this is a film that you’ll be wanting to check out? Share your thoughts below!
‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ will be appearing in theaters in the Summer of 2017.
Sources: Slash Film, Collider