Luc Besson‘s ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ Blasts Off With New Poster and Images
2017 is already shaping up to be a much more promising year for big studio blockbusters than 2016. In addition to the newly-titled Blade Runner 2049, we’re getting the Wolverine sequel (titled Logan), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok and Spider-Man: Homecoming — to name a few. For less conventional blockbuster fare, there’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s long-developing sci-fi epic, which now has an official poster (along with a few new images).
Valerian has a booth at New York Comic Con today through Sunday, where attendees can see footage and some props from the film, and get acquainted with Valerian et Laureline — the classic French graphic novel series that inspired Besson’s film. If you’re not at NYCC, however, you can check out the first official poster and a trio of new images from the ambitious sci-fi film, which stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a pair of futuristic spatio-temporal (space and time-traveling) agents:
Yeah, that poster gives off some serious Transformers vibes with all that orange and blue, but Valerian is something very, very different — and possibly special. Whether good or bad, Besson’s films are never boring and usually feature unique production design, so if nothing else, Valerian should be entertaining.
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 and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21, 2017.