Today it’s the first trailer for Luc Besson‘s new sci-fi epic Valerian or, to give it the full title, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starring Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna, which is set to open in the summer of 2017.
From the outside, Besson’s been on and an ‘up and down’ trajectory for a few years now as he tries to find a specific niche that picks up both commercial and critical success but there’s two things he’s always consistent at… directing and glorious originality. Based on the successful French comic series, this is the first trailer for Valerian, backed effortlessly by The Beatles ‘Because‘, is true epic in visual scale and definitely echoes the likes of Besson’s The Fifth Element. If it’s anything like that mad bucket of frogs then we’re in for a treat and it definitely seems like he’s been backed all the way.
I’ll give you the synopsis after the trailer as this is something you’ve really got to watch… and let us know what you think!
In the year 2740 Valerian and Laureline are special operatives for the government charged with maintaining order throughout the Universe. Under orders from their commander, 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 galaxy. This great, historic city, is under attack by an unknown enemy. Valerian and Laureline must race against time to find the source of this evil and stop it before it destroys the cornerstone of our Universe.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is released in the summer of 2017 and Lionsgate? Just call it Valerian, trust us!