Luc Besson Returns to Euro Space Opera with Epic VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Trailer

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Luc Besson Returns to Euro Space Opera with Epic VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Trailer

STX Films have released the first full trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson's $180 million dollar return to big sci-fi filmmaking.

To say Besson's Europa Corp. has a lot riding on Valerian would be a major understatement. It's the most expensive film the company has produced, and the most expensive independently financed production period.

In many ways, Valerian is Besson's Avatar (and indeed he's said as much). It's a film he has been dreaming of making since her was a child but needed to wait for the technology to catch up to his vision. Now that we're here, I couldn't be more excited.

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Valerian stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne along with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke and many others.

It hits theatres July 21, 2017.

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  • bricriu .

    Please don't be another Jupiter Ascending... Please don't be another Jupiter Ascending...

  • Ard Vijn

    That was one gorgeous film, but it played as a rugby match as seen by the ball: Jupiter got captured and rescued by loads of characters and... well, lets hope Valerian and Laureline will actually DO something in this one, instead of just having insane shit happen to them for over two hours...

  • Hoooooooly shit. That is straight up psychedelic. Makes Guardians of the Galaxy look drab by comparison. I'm gonna have to see this one in Imax.

  • CHUD

    I am very excited. This could be Besson's glorious return to greatness.

  • jammamon

    "it's paradise". But is it...Fhloston Paradise?

  • Or is it Zegema Beach?

  • Christopher Webster

    Yeah, it's amazing to see how much Besson was culling from Valerian in the Fifth Element. To the point where this feels oddly too familiar.

  • Ard Vijn

    Valerian himself seems a bit too young and "quippy" to my taste but most of what I see here is incredibly faithful to the graphic novels (which I've been a BIG fan of for over four decades).

  • Guy

    Yeah, in the beginning (when they first announced the project, I mean), I thought that Clive Owen would be playing Valerian. He'd be a better choice, I think.

  • whatguythatguy

    Ugh, I really liked Luc Besson...20 years ago. The guy who discovered Natalie Portman, made Jean Reno a star, and directed The Fifth Element deserves some respect but he hasn't done anything really worth watching in 20 years. I really want this to be better than this trailer, but the trailer feels like a greatest hits compilation of visuals from every sci-fi film of the last 20 years and that's not a good thing at all.

  • Michael Lang

    Those who think Dane DeHaan(who?) can carry a picture of this magnitude need serious help.

  • Yes. Please don't suck.

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