We couldn’t be more excited about Luc Besson’s Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets. Yep, we said it. Besson is one of the few remaining purveyors of flamboyant and unashamedly space operatic sci-fi, and it’s good to see the latest results of his return to the big screen. Marmite he may be, but we suspect that fans of The Fifth Element are going to be in for a treat if these new pics, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, are anything to go by.
For those who have forgotten, the synopsis is as follows:
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
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.
Luc Besson is writing and directing, with the cast including Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer and Herbie Hancock.
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.