For those that many not already be aware, 2017 is looking to have one of the most exciting, and stacked lineups of tentpole and blockbuster films of any year in recent memory. By the end of this month alone, some of the biggest of the biggest films of the year will already have been released in theaters, like Logan, Kong: Skull Island, and Beauty and the Beast. Looking at the calendar of release dates between now and December 31 – it’s clear that 2017 is truly only just getting started. And one of the more interesting blockbuster adaptations set to be released this summer is writer and director Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Based on the famous French graphic novel, Valerian stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the lead roles, as a pair of time-travelling agents sent to investigate a galactic empire. Early footage promises that Valerian will have some of the most awe-inspiring visuals of the year, and for many fans, it looks to offer yet another interesting sci-fi experience unlike any other that the genre has featured over the past few years.
It’s been several months since the first teaser trailer for Valerian was released online, and in a bit of promotional marketing for the film, Luc Besson himself announced through his official Instagram page yesterday, that a brand new trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be released in 25 days. That places the trailer’s release date near the end of this month. Check the post out for yourself down below:
The first teaser trailer for the film didn’t offer much in terms of story or character details, and instead focused more heavily on teasing the tone and visual scope of Valerian, both of which came across fairly well by the time it was over. So it makes sense then to assume that the new trailer will provide more insight into the film’s central story, or the case in particular that Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are tasked with investigating throughout it. But if not, it’ll still almost certainly have its fair share of gorgeous visuals to tease from the film.
For many fans, Valerian is going to be the return to the sci-fi genre that they’ve been waiting for from Luc Besson following The Fifth Element, his unique and beloved late 1990s genre epic. While the filmmaker certainly hasn’t avoided the genre throughout his career, with later outings like Lucy or Arthur and the Invisibles, none of his other sci-fi films have quite matched the same cosmic tone that The Fifth Element had. The promotion and marketing for Valerian has been quick to point out the similarities between the two films as well, which can, hopefully, only mean good things for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.