Must Watch: Teaser Trailer for Luc Besson's Epic New Sci-Fi 'Valerian'

November 10, 2016
Source: YouTube

Valerian Teaser Trailer

"We get on just great…" EuropaCorp has released the teaser trailer for Luc Besson's epic return to sci-fi, an action movie called Valerian - or in full - Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Based on the graphic novel series, the movie stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. They must travel to an intergalactic city called Alpha on a mission. The full cast includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer, Mathieu Kassovitz, Sam Spruell, Kris Wu, Alain Chabat and many others. As a huge, huge fan of The Fifth Element, this is definitely my cup of tea, and it looks like it's going to be awesome. I'm so ready for Luc Besson to bring us another big space opera. Dive in.

Teaser trailer (+ poster) for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, via YouTube:

Valerian Movie Poster

In Luc Besson's Valerian, DeHaan and Delevingne will play the iconic characters Valerian and Laureline. Besson will write and direct the film. Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp which will finance, produce and distribute the film. Valerian, which has influenced generations of Sci-Fi writers and directors, was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. Description from Amazon: "Valerian and his partner, Laureline, are agents for the vast Galaxity organization. In the past their missions have taken them to all corners of the galaxy and through time as well. But now Galaxity is gone, and Valerian and Laureline are dependent upon their meager remaining resources and their ingenuity." EuropaCorp will release Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in theaters starting July 21st, 2017 next summer. Follow @lucbesson for more.

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  • Jon Odishaw
    This looks next level spectacular
  • Just get rid of rihanna and I'm in.
    • Haha, I feel the same... My only thought is that she's the Ruby Rhod of this film. And I love The Fifth Element and I think Ruby Rhod, as wacky of a character as he is, plays an important part in making that film work perfectly (not to mention a good satire of how crazy entertainment hosts will get in the future). And so I'm wondering if Rihanna is some wacky character (Besson just described her on Twitter as "CRAZY") that provides some amusing counterbalance to the rest of the big epic sci-fi-ness of the whole thing. We'll see.
      • desispeed
        what u didnt care for her oscar level acting in Battleship??
        • I honestly have never seen that film, and one of the reasons is that I was worried she was starring in it... But I have hope Besson knows how to "use" her correctly in this film. We'll see...
          • Efterklang
            I'll tell you one thing, Rihanna's acting wasn't even close to being the biggest problem with Battleship.. Dreadful movie.
      • 5th element is also a favorite of mine. But can we compare the amazingly funny Chris Tucker with Rihanna? I won't dare. ;D
        • Indeed, indeed. I'll concede on that note...
        • Yeah I think putting these pop stars into movies kinda always ruins it. She can neither sing nor act so...Tucker was hilarious.
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  • I bet the concept art for this is incredible. Hope the movie is good. Does look decent.
    • Stefan Kuhlmann
      Check out the original graphic novel this is based upon and you will find amazingly beautiful concept art right there. :)
      • I like the linework on the spaceships. I know a few folk who are big fans of it.
  • TheOct8pus
    Although pretty much every scene in this trailer looks derivative of another sci-fi film (not to mention the Superhero Landing at the end) - it is a Luc Besson movie, which means the characters will be unique and there will be a fun tone throughout. Let's hope it's more "Fifth Element" than Star Wars Prequels in terms of feel....
  • desispeed
    i watched Fifth Element in theaters when it released and enjoyed it so have some hopes that this movie delivers!
  • RAW_D
    Well that looks pretty amazing....visually. But a TON of similiarities to the Fifth Element (which is not surprising). Has anyone read the graphic novel?
    • Butchy Butch
      Yes. And the Fifth Element that was inspired by Valerian (comic book), not the other way around.
      • RAW_D
        I thought the Fifth Element was inspired by the Incal, so much in fact Luc Besson was sued and had to pay some royalties from the Fifth Element....
        • Butchy Butch
          There was some unclear circumstamces there, considering Moebius (The Incal co-creator) was working on The Fifth Element and even is credited. But there were many inspirations and Valerian was one of them. Also first Valerian was published about 15 years before The Incal.
          • RAW_D
            I stand corrected. Also Luc Besson was sued over Lockout by John Carpenter for ripping off Escape from New York, not Fifth Element. My confusion!
          • Butchy Butch
            Not exactly. There was a lawsuit despite the fact he was contracted to work on the film. But like I said, I'm not sure how and why exactly it happened.
  • Lagoya
    This looks shockingly bad, just the type of sci-fi that really put me off the genre completely. We need more proper sci-fi like Interstellar and less of this nonsense.
    • Butchy Butch
      Interstellar WAS pompous nonsense.
      • Lagoya
        Interstellar was amazing. This is just garbage, as was the Fifth Element
        • RAW_D
          Would Sci-fi Fantasy be more of an appropriate genre for this movie then? Like Star Wars?
        • TheOct8pus
          It seems like people either loved Interstellar or hated it. Very few in between....
        • If you're dissing the 5th Element you just immediately lost any credibility.
    • TheOct8pus
      Sci-fi has so many subgenres, it's totally possible to ignore the ones you don't like. This movie seems more of a sci-fi fantasy in the vein of Star Wars, Star Trek, or Jupiter Rising. Interstellar falls under the "technical realism" sci-fi spectrum, like The Martian, 2001 A Space Odyssey or Sunshine... I, personally, am partial to the extra-terrestrial babes in bikini sci fi genre....
      • Lagoya
        I see your point, but If there is not an element of realism in Sci-fi for me I just can't get into it. It does not connect with me. Though I can make an exception for Star Wars and some of the Star Trek films because of their long legacy, established universes and interesting characters. I found the Fifth Element too wacky and silly to enjoy, and god help me if I ever have to see or listen to Chris Tucker in that film ever again - I would go insane. Interstellar was not perfect but it really captivated me, I felt emotional when Cooper left his family and all that time had passed before he met Murph again as an old lady. Maybe having a daughter myself it made me think what it would be like to be in that position.
        • TheOct8pus
          Have you seen "Moon" ?? That might be my favorite realistic Sci-fi film.
      • Higgens
        Its very sad to me that you can accurately place Star Trek in SciFi Fantasy these days.
    • Tester
      Given the state of SciFi these days, I will take anything that resembles it as long as its halfway descent !
    • Terry Craig
      If you knew what you were talking about then you'd be aware that this is fantasy set in space, like Star Wars; not sci-fi.
  • Guest_of_Honor
    Casting fail.
  • shiboleth
    Slightly cautious about this. However, Luc Besson is able to make a watchable story. Entertaining and interesting. And generally shallow, too ...
  • Higgens
    Im sure I will enjoy it, but I imagine it will be the same hot mess 5th Ele was. I enjoyed that movie as well, but I wouldnt call it a good movie.
  • PeterGriffin
    Jupiter Ascending 2.0
    • Exactly my thoughts. Looks fun. Creative. Typical Besson. 5th Elements of course a classic. But i'm not sure if it will do well in the US.
      • shiboleth
        Which is a bit bizarre thing since Besson is trying to copy American idea of film but flavored with European style. It will probably be no worse than usual American SF fest on film.
      • ErrorSapiens
        Trump does well in the US, so this will probably win an oscar.
  • Sean Taylor
    I'm in.
  • naundob
    "French can't cook, they can't make movies either. Everybody knows that. It's gonna be a disaster."
  • Payne by name
    I loved Leon but was so disappointed with The Fifth Element. I think I just tired of the hypocrisy of the main girl who got so upset at the dreadful violent nature of humans after slaughtering her way through some bad guys that got in her way.
  • Terry Craig
    Whoa, this looks somewhat better than I expected. Not like Jupiter Ascending, but more like a cross between Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars, and of course 5th Element. So I guess not the most original flick nowadays, but the world and creature design does look amazing. I had a few big issues with 5th Element (mostly Chris Tucker), but I'd be lying if it didn't suck me in for most of its running time.
  • looks like a shit-ton of fun!! that part with someone jumping from platform to platform looked awesome. I just hope this isn't as goofy as Fifth Element was. Chris Tucker ruined every scene he was in...and it was in a lot of good scenes.




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