‘Valerian’: First Look at Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan in Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic

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Between The Fifth Element and Lucy, Luc Besson has proven that he has some pretty visionary and ambitious ideas when it comes to sci-fi movies, and while they don’t always work, they’re never not interesting to watch. His newest sci-fi film is Valerian, a long-developing passion project based on a French graphic novel series, and today brings our first look at Besson’s latest effort.

Via Twitter, Besson debuted the first official promo image featuring Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, with the director himself standing behind them. The leading duo are sporting some serious armor as Valerian and Laureline:

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The suits are evocative of Pacific Rim, video games like Metal Gear, and Batman’s armored costumes, though I kind of wish Besson had gone all out and armored Delevingne’s famous eyebrows. In any case, it definitely has us anxious to see more, and according to Besson, EW is debuting additional Valerian content tomorrow.

Based on the classic French graphic novel series, here’s the official synopsis for the film, which is fully titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

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.

Valerian also stars Clive Owen, John Goodman, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer and jazz legend Herbie Hancock, and hits theaters on July 21, 2017.

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