Luc Besson’s little ($180 million) passion project has its first full-length trailer and it is abso-frelling-gorgeous!
Based on the classic European graphic novel Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets looks to be a space opera lover’s dream com true. (You may find yourself holding your breath while watching the trailer. This is normal.)
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens on July 21st.
EuraCorp has released a new photo from Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It features Dane DeHaan looking like he’s thinking, ‘Sonuvabitch must pay!’ (Apologies to John Carpernter’s Jack Burton…) Check it out after the break.
Besson’s passion project space opera is slated for a July 21st, 2017 release in France, with North american dates TBD.
Luc Besson has posted the first photo of Dane DeHaan and Carla Delevinge in character as Valerian and Laureline online – with a guest appearance by ‘a guy on the back.’
Based on the Valerian graphic novel by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – set to premiere in France on July 17, 2017 – is the most ambitious of Besson’s career. Follow the jump to check out the new photo.
No one has ever accused Luc Besson of being a master filmmaker – despite gems like Léon: the Professional, La Femme Nikita and The Fifth Element. Part of that is because he likes to juxtapose things that are utterly real with things that are utterly ridiculous. Usually, that means putting a down-to-earth old school spy next to someone who looks like Emma Peel, or creating an utterly fantastical world and making the lead a real-guy cabbie. With Lucy, he takes three genres – an intense drug thriller, an over-the-top action movie, and a psychedelic would-be philosophical statement – and crams them together in unexpected ways. Somehow, it works.
3 Days to Kill may be directed by McG, but at its heart, it’s the combination of heart and absurdity that has become the hallmark of Luc Besson, co-author of the script and one of the film’s producers. Sometimes that mix works (The Professional, La Femme Nikita, Fifth Element) and sometimes, not so much (The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Taken 2). Thanks to a stellar cast and McG’s energetic direction, 3 Days to Kill is great fun.
Luc Besson is a master of taking different genres and infusing them with whimsy. With The Family he applies that gift to the mob movie with mostly successful results. Too bad it’s the last fifteen minutes that veer off into a whole ‘nother movie.