Luc Besson To Direct Sci-Fi Film VALERIAN

Luc Besson is going back to his roots and directing a new sci-fi film that he will write and direct. The movie is called Valerian, and it's an adaptation of the iconic 1967 French sci-fi graphic novel series created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières.

Besson revealed the news on Twitter and also announced that Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) will star the feature. In his first tweet ever, the filmmaker said:

"My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets."

It was then followed by this tweet:

DeHaan and Delevingne will take on the roles of Valerian and Laureline (respectively), who are a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from evil villains. He also shared the first teaser logo art for the film, seen here. 

This is a space opera adventure that plays with time travel themes. It's the perfect project for Besson to take on as it has some similarities to his 1997 film The Fifth Element

Here's a description from the first volume of stories:

VALERIAN is a saga that every fan of Star Wars and Star Trek will identify with and love. Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witted and sharp-tongued partner, Laureline, live adventures set against visually stunning backgrounds: complex architectural inventions, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes, and odd-looking aliens that are staples of artist Mezieres's seemingly boundless visual inventiveness. The stories are gripping and of epic proportion, sweeping along in trilling, hyper-space speed.

I'll be looking forward to this.

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