Of all the potential blockbusters on the release calendar, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is arguably the most tantalizing. It’s an adaptation of a French comic book series about time travel agents who visit the capital of a vast planetary system to determine whether it might prove to be a danger to Earth.
What makes the movie so potentially exciting is that Luc Besson is directing.
Besson is a prolific filmmaker who may be best known for his head-spinning work as a producer and/or writer of action movie series like the Taken, Taxi and Transporter franchises. As a director, he most recently hit it big worldwide with the trippy and very fun Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson. He’s often played around with fantasy and sci-fi themes in his movies, most notably in the very weird and very entertaining The Fifth Element.
Having all that in mind, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets may be his wildest ride yet. Have a look below..
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne star as the time travel agents in what looks like The Fifth Element on steroids — a wildly imaginative sci-fi adventure full of colorful creatures, characters and worlds. The cast includes Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu and Rihanna, who takes on several different personas in the movie.
Exclusive: @Rihanna strikes a pose in this first look at her mysterious @ValerianMovie role: https://t.co/2Yw524fiBb #Valerian pic.twitter.com/zJeRE36KDZ
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 9, 2016
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will open in theaters on July 21, 2017.