Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets may only be a month away from hitting theaters, but it’s just added a new cast member — Elizabeth Debicki — for some last-minute voice-over work. The project, based on a graphic novel, is an English-language French film set to hit theaters on July 21. The film is directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element), and stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan.
This close to the release date, fans have already seen the final trailer for the project, and could expect it to be almost entirely finished, with only some final FX work to be completed. However, it looks like Besson is still making some fairly big changes to his latest sci-fi epic, as the new cast member has just been announced.
Debicki, who recently appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and AMC’s The Night Manager, will join the project to voice an undisclosed character, reports Variety. This is a last-minute addition, but there is no news as yet on how big a role Debicki will be playing, or if she is replacing a previously announced actor rather than voicing a character that is just now being added in to the film.
There is no indication that the film’s release date will be pushed back, so presumably Debicki’s role will be a smaller one (that will not take too much time to add in at this late date). This is a voice-over role, so no additional scenes need to be filmed, and this may even be a role that only involves a voice — someone heard over loudspeaker or via telepathy, rather than a character with a physical body. With such an alien-filled film and Besson as a director, there are plenty of possibilities for adding in a new character without filming new scenes.
While this last-minute addition is unexpected, it shouldn’t be taken as a cause for concern. Most major films will try and get things entirely completed at least three months before release, this isn’t a hard and fast rule, and this may mean something as small as the addition of a few lines. Besson is an experienced director, and the film’s marketing has been ticking along very nicely for the past few months, so there is no other reason to believe that this news signals anything but some last-minute tweaks to get the film exactly where it needs to be.