Luc Besson Returns to Space in First Trailer for ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Written by on November 10, 2016 


After the gleeful ridiculousness of Lucy hopefully Luc Besson retains the same sense of humor and kinetic fun with his next large-scale sci-fi feature. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, clocking in at an eye-popping $180 million budget, will arrive in the heat of summer this season and now the first trailer has arrived.

Starring Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, and John Goodman, the adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières‘ comic series follows a galactic mission taken on by pair of special government operatives.

The first trailer certainly looks like all the money is on the screen, with its detailed sci-fi worlds and massive ensemble of alien characters, but it remains to be seen if this one goes the way of Jupiter Ascending or contains the charm of The Fifth Element. For the sheer scale and goofy charm represented in this preview, we predict this one will be more fun than most tentpoles next summer.

Also starring Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu, check out the trailer below.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner — blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

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.


Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21st, 2017.

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