French filmmaker Luc Besson continues his sci-fi legacy with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, the cinematic adaptation of the French comic book Valérian and Laureline created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières in 1967.

Principal photography of Valerian recently came to an end and EuropaCorp announced Besson and company will make an appearance at this year’s San Diego Comic Con in the legendary Hall H. Those confirmed to appear alongside Besson to present the first public sneak peek at this highly anticipated sci-fi adventure are producer Virginie Besson-Silla and stars Dane DeHaan (Valerian) and Cara Delevingne (Laureline).

To make the wait more bearable, Entertainment Weekly has shared a new look at DeHaan in full Valerian-mode. While DeHaan is no stranger to action films and the physicality that these require (having starred in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as Harry Osborn/Green Goblin), he had to go through a training regime to achieve the look he considers a time-traveling cop would have:

“It occurred to me that I had to look like I could save the universe. But luckily, it’s France. They have reasonable working hours. I would exercise in the morning and get on set by noon. It helped me mentally get into the head of the hero, but The Rock gets up much earlier than I do.”

ValerianEW New Valerian Image; Dane DeHaan On Preparing For His Role


As mentioned before, principal photography ended last month, but due to the special effects that a sci-fi movie of this magnitude requires, post-production will take a year. The result will be a movie that will take us on board with Valerian and Laureline through time and space to solve an intergalactic mystery.

DeHaan said of the film’s special effects:

“They need every second. I’ve done all my body scans and all that, so I think they have enough to computer generate me as much as they have to. I don’t think we’re doing any reshoots or anything, because I think Luc knew exactly what he wanted and got it. You can’t believe the stuff that he has in his head. It’s gonna be crazy. It’s gonna be epic for sure.”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will follow spatio-temporal agent Valerian and his colleague, Laureline, as they embark on a mission to the intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all over the universe. Also starring are Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, and Rihanna.

Those attending SDCC will not want to miss this panel on Thursday, July 21st, in Hall H, as there will surely be many surprises (including some “surprise guests”). Hopefully, whatever they share at the panel will be made available for everyone to enjoy so they won’t have to deal with leaked material.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens in U.S. theaters on July 21st, 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly