Luc Besson’s newest science fiction thriller, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has officially released its first trailer and it looks bitchin’. It is just a teaser trailer but we are getting our first peek into the film which you can see above.
Valerian stars Dane DeHaan as the titular hero Valerian alongside Cara DeLevingne as Laureline. The duo are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner – blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him. Under directive from their Commander, Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time – uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
Interestingly, Valerian is based on a comic book series that follows time traveling agents of the government. Based on the trailer, it is unclear whether or not the agents in this adaptation are the same type of agents taking part in time travel or “spatial-temporal” traveling. The teaser trailer doesn’t mention it and the plot details are scarce enough that we can’t tell. The tagline for the movie, however, hints at something more. It says, “A universe without boundaries needs heroes with no limits.” So who knows,maybe there is more going on that we don’t know at the moment.
It is also interesting to note that the full title of the movie is/was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, but as of lately the marketing has only been Valerian.
Valerian is due out in July of 2017.