Luc Besson’s Valerian: Suicide Squad star on board

Leads cast for Luc Busson’s sci-fi epic Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

Valerian
Luc Besson
Luc Besson will adapt comic-book Valerian

The Fifth Element and Lucy director Luc Besson has taken to Twitter to announce his forthcoming sci-fi adaptation Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, as well as the identity of two of its leads, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

From his account, Besson tweeted:

“Starring @danedehaan & @Caradelevingne. Shooting in December. In theaters 2017.”

Adapted from the comic-book series Valérian And Laureline by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, it sees Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) playing the titular time-travelling agent who journeys back to 28th century Earth, along with his fellow agent Laureline, played by Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad).

The Valerian comic-book has sold more than 10 million copies in 21 different languages, so its popularity shouldn’t be in any doubt. Moreover, considering its subsequent influence on sci-fi classics like Star Wars, as well as Besson’s propensity for visually spectacular big-screen epics, this could well be an event to look out for.

Besson will write and direct, and his wife Virginie Silla (who produced Lucy) is producing under his EuropaCorp banner, which will finance, produce and distribute the film.

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will be released in cinemas in 2017. For more on the biggest sci-fi movies, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.