Director Luc Besson will once again venture into space in the upcoming Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets movie. Besson, who directed 1997's genre favorite The Fifth Element, has largely avoided the epic science fiction movie scene since then (though not avoiding science fiction altogether directing 2014's Lucy). Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is based on the French series of comic strips and graphic novels, Valérian and Laureline by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, which started in Pilote magazine back in 1967. The series has been said to have influenced later science fiction works, such as Star Wars.
Valerian chronicles the adventures of the spatio-temporal agent Valerian and his collegue Laureline in space and time-travel adventures. Here's the synopsis from the film:
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu
If you were a fan of The Fifth Element, you might want to give the teaser trailer a try:
Also a teaser poster for the film:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets jumps into theaters July 21, 2017.