While warring superheroes are the name of the game this year, Luc Besson’s sci-fi adventure Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has gone lightly unnoticed, despite the director’s fairly open sharing of behind-the-scenes photos and stunt shots. The story is inspired by the Valerian and Laureling sic-fi comic book series created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, which follows two spacio-temporal (time-travelling) agents across a galaxy’s worth of adventures – and is said to have partially inspired epic film sagas such as Star Wars.
During the MTV Movie Awards pre-show, actress Cara Delevingne introduced an all-new behind-the-scenes segment with MTV host Josh Horowitz, who visited Paris a little while ago to try and scoop new details on the film. Along with insight from the film’s actors and Besson himself, Horowitz is subjected to the unpredictability of Cara Delevingne, and it’s hilarious to watch.
While Valerian (Dane DeHaan) is billed as the hero of the film, this clip makes it pretty clear that Laureline is far from your standard damsel-in-distress love interest. Headstrong and unafraid to kick some serious butt, Delevingne’s Laureline is shown leaping off of rubble, taking out bad guys with round-house kicks, and bounding down narrow halls in the featurette. “I kick ass,” the actress said. “It’s kind of what I always wanted to do.” Her tenacity is only echoed by Besson, who muses about her eagerness to go up for a stunt first. But outside of that, the film is pretty hush-hush, and though Horowitz was able to get a few details out, Delevingne summarized why the film is being kept so tightly under wraps: “This is gonna be the best movie of all time. It’s gotta be secret, you know?”
DeHaan and Delevingne were all smiles about the movie itself, but when confronted about Rihanna, their mouths remained completely shut. “Let’s just sat that I had a really cool first couple weeks on set … and Rihanna was involved,” said DeHaan, playing coy on what part the singer was playing in the film. Delevingne was even quieter about it, pretending not to hear a question before saying that the singer is “phenomenal.”
Regardless, it’s not wrong to get a little excited about this movie. As someone who truly loves many of the franchise films out yet, it feels like Valerian will exist as a different kind of entry in the science fiction blockbuster genre, offering honest characters and a story that breaks archetypes in ways not often portrayed on film.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, John Goodman and Ethan Hawke. It is set for release on July 21, 2017.