Luc Besson's Sci-Fi Film VALERIAN Gets an Epic Poster and Some New Images

Luc Besson's career is basically the definition of "hit-or-miss," with huge successes like The Fifth Element and Lucy on one hand, and forgettable fare like The Family and Arthur and the Invisibles on the other (and if we were to delve into his producing credits, we'd be here all day). But I'm cautiously optimistic about Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, his ambitious new sci-fi film starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as special peace operatives who travel through the universe. The visuals we've seen have been intriguing, the footage that played at San Diego Comic-Con won over the Hall H crowd, and it has a supporting cast that includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer, and Ethan Hawke. What's not to like?

Ahead of its panel presentation at New York Comic Con this weekend, the film has released its first poster and a few more images from the movie to get fans excited. That's a really epic poster (I love that it avoided the "floating heads" trap that tons of official movie posters fall into these days), and the images continue to make me curious about just how bonkers Besson plans to get with this one. Valerian hits theaters on July 21, 2017.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) 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 (Clive Owen), 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.
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