The first teaser trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is here and it’s looking mightily impressive, as the director of The Fifth Element clearly isn’t holding back on the eye-popping visuals and the intergalactic weirdness.
We’ve got aliens, spaceships, underwater chases, fight sequences…even some quipping. It might not give away much of the story, but it certainly has got our attention.
The film stars Dane DeHaan (Life After Beth, Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) in the leads, as well as Clive Owen, Rihanna (who we get a glimpse of in the trailer, doing some transforming), Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Alain Chabat and John Goodman.
“In the year 2740 Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government charged with maintaining order throughout the Universe.
Under orders from their commander, 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 galaxy. This great, historic city, is under attack by an unknown enemy. Valerian and Laureline must race against time to find the source of this evil and stop it before it destroys the cornerstone of our Universe.”
It’s based on the classic comic Valérian And Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, which Besson has adapted for the screen himself. We last saw the director of Leon and Subway dip his toe into sci-fi with the enjoyable bonkers Lucy, in which Scarlett Johansson took a drug that gave her access to all of her brain, but this looks much more like the full-on, capital SF entertainment of The Fifth Element.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will be released in cinemas on 21 July 2017. For more news about the biggest movies, pick up the latest issue of SciFiNow.