I’ll be the first to admit that Luc Besson has had a couple of serious duds in his career. That said, with The Professional/ Leon, La Femme Nikita, Arthur and the Invisibles and The Fifth Element in his repertoire, he’s always going to get the benefit of the doubt from me on pretty much any project he wants to pitch.
‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ looks like it could be one of his best films in years, with many people saying it looks like what he could have done with Fifth Element… if he had a bigger budget. The new film is based off a very popular French comic book and stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevigne, and Clive Owen. The footage that’s been released thus far has been beautiful and the new teaser that Besson released today, in honor of his birthday is just as stunning.
The teaser, which also includes the last trailer was pushed out to announce the next trailer for the film, set to hit on 3/28.
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.