Based on the classic graphic novel series Valerian and Laureline, created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, the film follows a team of special operatives in the 28th century. The two are sent on an assignment to the city of Alpha, a metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged. Once there, they soon uncover a dark force threatening the entire universe.
This is one hell of a passion project. Besson has been taken with the source material for over 40 years, and simply hasn’t been able to take it to the screen due to the technology that would be needed. Well, with around 2,734 visual effects shots and a production budget of around $US180 million – the most-expensive French film even produced, and way, way up there for an independently-financed project – Besson could very well have his opus. Fingers crossed this decidedly ambitious sci-fi adventure aces it.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, also starring Clive Owen, Rihanna Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu, will open in the US on July 21 and arrives in Australia on August 10
Official synopsis for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:
In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.