French filmmaker Luc Besson has already made a name for himself in Hollywood with visually compelling sci-fi adventure movies including 1997’s The Fifth Element and, more recently, the Scarlett Johansson-starring 2014 feature Lucy. Now, Besson is returning to a futuristic space-set sci-fi with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Based on the French science fiction comic series Valérian and Laureline about the two titular spatio-temporal agents, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Valerian and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) as his colleague Laureline. Now, a new photo from Valerian features DeHaan in costume.
EuropaCorp released the image of Valerian in what appears to be a pilot’s seat of one of the ships in the futuristic world of the film. Take a look at the photo:
Of course, this particular image doesn’t offer much new information since Besson has teased the interior of the ships in previous photos, and a previously released image of DeHaan along with co-stars Delevingne and Clive Owen, who plays Commander Arün Filitt, revealed the space adventurers’ suits. Still, seeing the film’s leading male character in action is sure to generate buzz among movie fans looking forward to Besson’s next sci-fi adventure – or fans of the Valérian and Laureline comic series hoping for a compelling adaptation.
Considering the presence of Valerian at Comic-Con International in San Diego, specifically during their own panel later today, the timing of this photo’s release is certainly more of a tease ahead of the information that will surely be revealed at Comic-Con. Since filming on Valerian came to an end at the beginning of June, Besson and EuropaCorp have already put together a reel of footage from the film that will screen during the Comic-Con panel. So, although a number of images from Valerian have hit the web in recent months, this will be our first real impression of what the final film will look like.
Still, there’s plenty of time before Valerian hits theaters next summer, so whatever Besson unveils during the Hall H presentation may not be too substantial. Like this new photo of DeHaan, it may be the case that the Valerian footage offer more of a tease than anything else. But, we’ll need to wait for the panel to see what’s unveiled. As for Besson’s next foray into sci-fi, we’ll see how it fares in theaters next summer.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is set for release on July 21, 2017.