Valerian trailer: Luc Besson returns to sci-fi

By Ryan Keating-Lambert

After a lot of appetising set photos, the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer (that’s a loooong name) finally dropped yesterday and saying that it’s epic is an understatement. This is a CGI fest of massive proportion. It’s also Besson’s first sci-fi movie since The Fifth Element. Which is probably one of, if not the most memorable and entertaining sci-fi films ever made. Big shoes to fill. Starring Dane DeHaan, who seems to be in everything lately including the new Gore Verbinski project A Cure For Wellness, and model turned actress Cara Delavigne (Suicide Squad), with the poetic Beatle’s classic ‘Because’ (must have been hard to get the rights to), ladies and gentlemen, the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets trailer.

Not too sure what to think about this trailer. Love the Beatles song, but not the biggest Cara Delavigne fan, especially after she spent most of her time in Suicide Squad just waving her arms about like some kind of drunken octopus. However, Besson does have a habit of bringing the best out of models. Milla Jovovich was fantastic as Leeloo in The Fifth Element and it really kick-started her film career. There’s also just a bit too much CGI going on here in the Valerian universe, which is actually based on a French comicbook.

However, the fact that John Goodman, Rutger Hauer, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen have also been casted is pretty damn exciting.

Have a look at the plot synopsis from SlashFilm below:

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.

In cinemas from July 21, 2017.

Feature photo: Gizmodo Australia

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