First Trailer for Luc Besson’s New Sci-Fi Epic ‘Valerian’

Luc Besson's Sci-Fi Epic

EuropaCorp has released the first full trailer for Luc Besson‘s (The Fifth Element, Lucy) new sci-fi epic, Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne.

The big screen adaptation of the 1960s-era French comic book, formerly called simply Valerian, now has a longer title: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The film earned major buzz at San Diego Comic-Con for its intensely sci-fi imagery. Herbie Hancock, John Goodman, Rihanna, Clive Owen, Kris Wu and Ethan Hawke co-star.

Set in the 28th century, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets takes place over the course of 24 hours and exists in a time when humanity has discovered the craft of time travel. Besson’s big space opera opens on July 21st, 2017. Check out the trailer and poster below.

Luc Besson's sci-fi epic

Featured in the 90-second teaser trailer is the tune of the Beatles’ “Because,” marking the first time that the band has licensed a song for a film’s trailer.

Luc Besson's Sci-Fi Epic

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.