New ‘Valerian’ Clip Introduces Us to Alpha, the City of a Thousand Weird-Looking Alien Species
Luc Besson’s new sci-fi movie Valerian looks absolutely gorgeous, mostly due to the insane amount of worldbuilding it took to create the giant spaceport-like city of Alpha, which houses around a thousand species from all over the galaxy. A new clip introduces us to the City of a Thousand Planets, which is more like the City of a Thousand Weird-Looking Aliens, providing some exposition for our two heroes, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne).
If I had to pick a favorite, it would be those little robots floating around in the fetal position. They’re cute! And there are some really gorgeous shots in this clip that remind me of storyboard images of classic sci-fis with a whole lot of worldbuilding, like Blade Runner and Dune.
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 July 21.