2017 already promises to be a very exciting year for the sci-fi genre. In addition to highly-anticipated franchise sequels like Alien: Covenant, Blade Runner 2049and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a number of exciting and new original sci-fi outings are set to be released this year, including Life, which will hit theaters in just a few short days. One of the dark horse titles on that list is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Based on the beloved French graphic novelValerian is the newest film from writer and director Luc Besson and much to the excitement of the filmmaker’s fans looks like the spiritual successor to his beloved 90s sci-fi adventure, The Fifth Element. Even more notably, it also looks to boast some of the most impressive and detailed visuals and action sequences that audiences will likely see in the cinema this year.

Besson announced just a few weeks ago that the second theatrical trailer would be released later this month (March 29th to be precise). And in anticipation of the new trailer’s debut (and to celebrate his own birthday), the filmmaker has released a new teaser for the trailer through his official Twitter account that boasts even more exciting, gorgeous visual effects for viewers to enjoy. Check it out for yourself below.

Starring Cara Delevingne as Laureline and Dane DeHaan as the titular character, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows the time-traveling, crime-fighting duo when they are hired to investigate a galactic empire. It wouldn’t be surprising if you didn’t know that was the plot of it, though, since the first teaser trailer for Valerian focused entirely on selling the visuals and tone of the film, rather than the plot of it.

As such, fans can likely expect to get more from the film’s story in this new trailer, which already looks to offer more insight into the titular planet that Valerian and Laureline journey to throughout it. The film’s San Diego Comic-Con footage was met with rapturous applause last year, which should speak to how unique and memorable the marketing for Valerian has already been. If Besson can manage to capture even some of that excitement in the film itself, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets could very well wind up being one of the year’s most surprising hits.

Source: Luc Besson

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