Luc Besson to direct new sci-fi feature ‘Valerian’, release date confirmed


When Luc Besson is good (Leon, Nikita, The Fifth Element, Lucy) he’s really good, so the news coming from Deadline that he is about to direct an adaptation of French graphic novel sci-fi series Valerian, is very exciting. Besson can do great things with the sci-fi genre, so Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets should definitely be one to add to the must-see list.

Besson has bagged two impressive leads for the film also.

Per Deadline:

EuropaCorp has set a July 21, 2017 worldwide release date for Valerian, the adaptation of the iconic French sci-fi series that Luc Besson will write and direct. Production is set to start the end of 2015.

The pic, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, has been one of the hottest titles selling at the Cannes market this year.

Besson revealed on Twitter that he is set to write and direct Valerian, an adaptation of the iconic French sci-fi graphic novel series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that first appeared in 1967. Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) will star.

DeHaan and Delevingne will play Valerian and Laureline in the adaptation of the original story, which centered on a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys, with the pair’s adventures rooted in space opera and time travel themes not so much unlike Fifth Element, Besson’s seminal 1997 pic.

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