Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – seeing this trailer and Luc Besson‘s name just shouted The Fifth Element at me, although I didn’t realise at first that the film is based on the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline, portrayed by the brilliant Dane DeHaan and the weird-eyebrowed model Cara Delevingne, and from this, I can’t tell whether it’s a sci-fi spectacle or the next Jupiter Ascending.
Valerian and Laureline 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 her 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.
Directed by Luc Besson, and also starring John Goodman and Rutger Hauer, I’ll go and take a look at this, but I’m not sure how successful it’ll be.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is released in the UK on July 21st, 2017.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image.
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