Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne to Star in Luc Besson’s “Valerian”

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by Justin Cook

In his first post on Twitter, Lucy director Luc Besson announced that he will be making a “big sci-fi” film entitled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Besson also confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor Dane DeHaan and Suicide Squad actress Cara Delevingne are set to star in the film, which will be released sometime in 2017 in IMAX. Filming for the project will begin in December of this year. See Besson’s tweets below:

http://twitter.com/lucbesson/status/598140891048488960

Lastly, the director also released the first logo for the film. Check it out here:

People have already begun drawing comparisons between Valerian and what many consider to be Besson’s last great sci-fi film, 1997’s The Fifth Element.

Valerian is based off of a French comic book series that was first published in 1967. The series continued its run until 2010. The plot of the series is described as follows:

“The intrepid Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witted and sharp-tounged partner, Laureline, are tow of the greatest agents for the vast Galaxity organization. Their missions have taken them across space and time. But now the Galaxity and their home earth have vanished as if they never existed. Along, and totally dependent on their own resources, they struggle to carve out a new life and a new future against intergalactic dangers form the past, present and future. English translations of French albums.”

DeHaan is set to play the titular character Valerian, while Delevingne will play his companion Laureline.

Variety reports that on top of directing, Besson will also be writing the film.

Last year, Besson directed Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman in the wildly successful film Lucy. Although the film drew mixed reactions from critics, it went on to gross over $450 million worldwide at the box office on a $40 million budget.

Sources: Twitter, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Slashfilm

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