My first instinct is that the this move could be the next Fifth Element. My big fear is that it could be the next Jupiter Ascending. It’s really hard to throw too much shade at Luc Besson. He’s made some of my favorite films: Fifth Element and Leon, but he’s also made some forgettable messes. Still, I’ve got some hope for this one. Visually, it’s stunning. It is one of the few films these days that screams the need for theater viewing vs a decent sized screen at home. I’ve not read the source material, so I can’t say how compelling it is, but I’m open to it.
One of the best things the film has going for it is its cast. The two leads of the film, Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, are backed up by a supporting troupe that includes: live Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.
All in all, I’m feeling pretty positive about Valerian. The good news is that this is just the first trailer, we’ll get a much better idea of what to expect between now and the film’s release date on July 21, 2017.
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.