The final trailer for Luc Besson’s new sci-fi adventure, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, will arrive this week. After creating a cult sci-fi classic with The Fifth Element in 1997 and recently revisiting the genre with Lucy in 2014, Besson is back with a visually stunning space opera he has been working on for years.
Based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières, it follows spatio-temporal agents Valerian and Laureline as they travel the universe through time and space. We’ve already had two impressive trailers that showed how unique a prospect the film is, and now a final trailer is ready to see the light.
Distributor STX Entertainment released a teaser for the final Valerian trailer that reveals the full promo will be released on Wednesday, May 24th. The video features Valerian (Dane DeHaan), Laureline (Cara Delevingne), a quick look at the Big Market (the largest commerce center in the universe), Melo (a rainbow-coloured lizard-like creature) and company, The Pearls, and a glimpse at some action between Valerian, Laureline, and a zero amicable creature. UPDATE: Luc Besson has now posted an additional teaser for the trailer, one day ahead of its release:
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set in the 28th century and follows agents Valerian and Laureline who, on an assignment from the Minister of Defense, undertake a mission to Alpha – an ever-expanding metropolis where various species from across the universe have united their talents and resources for the betterment of all. However, there’s a mysterious dark force at the center of Alpha which threatens not only the citizens of that planet but the rest of the universe as well.
Also starring are Rihanna as Bubble, a shapeshifter entertainer; Ethan Hawke as Jolly the Pimp; Clive Owen as Commander Arün Filitt, the man behind Valerian and Laureline’s missions; Kris Wu as Captain Neza, and John Goodman in a voice role.
As for what we can expect from the trailer, given that Valerian features over 200 different alien species, it will hopefully feature a few glimpses at some of these creatures (while still saving some surprises for the full movie). We’re also yet to see Hawke in the film, so hopefully he’ll make his debut here.
This film is the most expensive one in French history, so expect spaceships and breath-taking space scenery, but also the hard sell; as a fresh IP, it’s one of the riskiest box office bets of 2017 and thus needs to really convince regular audiences to come out.