Visionary French director Luc Besson (Lucy, The Fifth Element) is bringing the space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to the big screen next year, and the first teaser trailer debuted today. The film is based on a French graphic novel series called “Valérian and Laureline” and looks to feature lots of odd aliens, cool looking spacesuits, and quite a bit of action. The trailer focuses on stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, but the cast also includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman, and Ethan Hawke.
Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (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 (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.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21, 2017.