It’s a decent three-and-a-half minute look at the film, with Besson describing his love for the source material (the comic book series created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières) and plenty of footage – both from the film and behind the scenes – to enjoy.
From what’s been shown so far, this looks like solid sci-fi, although it’ll be interesting to see whether or not audiences flock to it. While Cara DeHaan and Dane Delevingne certainly have their fans, they’re not exactly huge draw cinematic draw cards. Then again, Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana weren’t massive when they were leads of James Cameron’s hugely successful Avatar. There’s also the matter of this being an unfamiliar property. But, again, Avatar provides a big example of success without an established brand. We’ll see.
Considering Besson has been thinking about making Valerian since before The Fifth Element and the fact that this is coming to life with a $US200 million price tag, which is the priciest movie ever made by a non-U.S. studio, here’s hoping this massive passion project delivers.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, and Ethan Hawke, opens in the U.S. on July 21 and arrives in Australia on August 10.
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 Defence, 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 centre 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.