A new clip has been released from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. From 1967 to 2010, the French comic Valérian and Laureline told the story of two spatio-temporal agents from the 28th century. Valerian and Laureline time-traveled in addition to traveling through space, protecting the many planets of the Terran Empire and working to prevent rogue time travelers from creating paradoxes. Laureline is actually from the 11th century, but is brought to the future and becomes an agent after saving Valerian in her own time and learning who he really is.
Now, the Valérian and Laureline comics are coming to the big screen. Luc Besson wrote and directed Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets - which will be in theaters in three weeks. Starring Dane DeHaan as the title character and Cara Delevingne as his partner, the Valerian clips and trailers promise a movie full of stunning visuals and thrilling action - which early reactions concur with - as Valerian and Laureline attempt to save Alpha: a city where numerous species live in harmony and share knowledge and information.
In anticipation of the upcoming release, STX Entertainment has released a clip from the movie. The Valerian clip introduces the city of Alpha, as seen through Valerian and Laureline's eyes while they enter the city. They ask the ship's computer Alex for information about Alpha, and are given a series of facts and statistics. With a population of almost 30 million made up of over 3,000 species, there are plenty of innocent beings whose lives are soon to rest in the two hero's hands.
The clip focuses on the film's visuals, traveling through Alpha to show the various areas where different creatures live - with a gaseous area and another that's under water - as well as the sprawling metropolis. Several different alien species are also introduced and seen, adding to the imagery of the Valerian movie adaptation.
Very little about Valerian or Laureline's personalities are introduced here, as the focus remains on Alpha. Still, it's made clear that the two have been partners for long enough to work as a seamless team. They work perfectly side by side, not needing to look at each other or talk in order to fly together - at times, they even work in complete unison.
Besson is certainly experienced in the sci-fi genre, having directed the similarly-beautiful film The 5th Element - a film that was inspired by the original Valérian and Laureline comics, no less. Now, twenty years later, he comes full circle by bringing Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets to the big screen proper.
Source: STX Entertainment
- Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) release date: Jul 21, 2017