Luc Besson Unveils First Image from ‘Valerian’

French Sci-Fi Comic

Director Luc Besson has unveiled the first official look from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, his new time-traveling space epic due for release next year.

As you can see from the photo below, the big screen adaptation of the classic French sci-fi comic stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, both in full costume.

Also starring Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Rutger Hauer, Yifan Wu, John Goodman, and Clive Owen, Valerian is set to open July 21, 2017. Besson is directing from his own adapted screenplay. Check out the first official image from the upcoming film, described as “Star Wars meets Blade Runner meets The Fifth Element.” [That’s Luc Besson with his back to us.]

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Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. 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.

Update: Check out the latest retro-cool sci-fi menagerie from the upcoming Valerian movie, including the big black robot called K-Tron (via EW).

Luc Besson's Adaptation

Luc Besson's Adaptation

Luc Besson's Adaptation

Luc Besson's Adaptation