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First Official Teaser: Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

written by Jude Kasekamp November 11, 2016
Valerian movie: Dane DeHaan, Luc Besson, and Cara Delevingne

Valerian movie: Dane DeHaan, Luc Besson, and Cara DelevingneReady for another cosmic trip from the guy who brought you The Fifth Element? Luc Besson and company revealed the first official teaser trailer for the upcoming sci-fi movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. That’s a mouthful.

Set to a haunting cover of “Because” by the Beatles, we get our first look at the colourful and trippy adaptation of the French comic book series “Valérian and Laureline”. Highlights include a gratuitous use of CGI, the trademark scowls of Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, and oh… there’s Rihanna.

This brief clip shows off the absolutely beautiful imagery of the upcoming movie. The colours and cinematography are fantastically mesmerizing. We don’t get much of the storyline, but we can expect space battles, ugly aliens, and explosions!

Frankly, this film seems to have the same feel as The Fifth Element, mixed with the Star Wars prequels, and a splash of John Carter. I’m not the only one who liked that last one, right? The source material comic series dates back to 1967. It can be credited with inspiring the likes of Star Wars, Avatar, and yep – The Fifth Element.

valerian and laureline in original comic book

Luc Besson has a long and varied résumé. After getting his start making movies in his French homeland, he has had great success expanding to American and international markets alike. He’s done some fantastic science fiction, some great action movies, and the occasional flop. A pillar of the modern French movie industry, we mostly know him in the US for Taken, Transporter, and Lucy.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne are adding onto their respective comic book street creds with Valerian. DeHaan played Harry Osborn/Green Goblin in the disappointing Amazing Spider-Man 2. Delevingne recently had a key role as Enchantress in Suicide Squad.

My one concern – perhaps unfounded – is that Valerian will turn out to be another Jupiter Ascending. Yes, that painful space opera which was inaccurately pitched as having the spirit of The Matrix and Star Wars. Overall, Besson could either give us a dramatic epic that will go down as one of the great science fiction works of our time, or it could be a cobbled-together space adventure that takes itself too seriously. Either way, I am certainly looking forward to it!

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