French filmmaker Luc Besson, known for “The Fifth Element” and the Scarlett Johansson-starring “Lucy,” has charted his most ambitious project to date. It’s called “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” or simply “Valerian” and stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.
Based on the popular French science-fiction comic “Valérian and Laureline” from author Pierre Christin and illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières, the story follows a time-traveling agent sent to investigate a galactic empire, along with his female partner.
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.
“Valerian” also co-stars John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer, pop star Rihanna ,and jazz legend Herbie Hancock.
Besson has released a first look of the film on Twitter and Instagram and you can see those photos below along with new images from EW.