Luc Besson’s intriguing new sci-fi project, Valerian (adapted from the 1967 comic-book Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets by Pierre Christian and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres) has suddenly got that bit more real with the news that Children Of Men and King Arthur star Clive Owen has been added to the cast.
Joining the already cast Dane DeHaan (Chronicle, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad, Pan), he will take on the role of Commander Arün Filitt, as announced by Besson himself on Twitter, saying: “After #danedehaan & #caradelevigne I’m proud to announce that mister Clive Owen is part of the Valerian adventure!!:).”
Owen’s character is believed to be one of only five characters in the film, which draws heavily on the comic that Besson read as a child. It’s already pretty easy to see its influence on a number of his films – such as The Fifth Element – in addition to the likes of Star Wars and Avatar.
Besson will start filming on his passion project early next year, which will be produced by his production company, EuropaCorp.
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