Based on the famous French graphic novel series, the film follows two intergalactic agents (Dane DeHaan's Valerian and Cara Delvingne's Laureline) in the 28th Century as they investigate a plot to disrupt the peace and accord of the galaxy's most diverse and peaceful city. All of that may be hard to discern from this trailer, as the sheer amount of alien species, extraordinary worlds, technology and sheer color is eye-stealing.
The designs of the film required the combined efforts of master effects houses Weta (Lord of the Rings) and ILM (Star Wars) - but beyond the great effects and unique visuals, the storyline and chemistry (or lack of) between the leads could be a hindrance. We saw some of the film while at New York Comic-Con 2016; from what we saw, it will be a uniquely Luc Besson-style fun ride.
VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS is the new adventure film from Luc Besson, the director of The Professional, The Fifth Element and Lucy, based on the comic book series which inspired a generation of artists, writers and filmmakers. In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha-an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.