The first full trailer for Valerian and a Thousand Planets is stunning

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I have been in love with the science fiction of Luc Besson since Fifth Element. Indeed I even wrote a paper on it while I was studying movies at university. It offered a bright, albeit slightly dirty vision of the future that I really liked! Also Milla Jovovich. Nuff said! So when I heard the master of space opera was making the French novel by Jean-Claude Mézières into a movie I cried a little inside. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets sounds epic, and judging by the first trailer, it will be! What’s it about?

In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) maintain order throughout the universe for the government of the human territories. Under orders from their commander (Clive Owen), the duo embark on a mission to Alpha, an intergalactic city where diverse species share their technology and resources for the betterment of all. The ever-expanding metropolis is also home to sinister forces that jeopardize the future of mankind.

So without further ado, here it is!

That looks gorgeous! I wonder whether they had to fly the Navi over from Pandora or if they hitched. Some very beautiful looking space shots there too with countless races (I’d say a thousand) for the eyes to feast on. I was slightly concerned when I saw the teaser just because I do not know the leads very well. And let’s be honest Cara Delevingne’s dancing in Suicide Squad left, well, a lot to be desired. That said I am hopeful now. It looks like she gels with fellow co-star Dane DeHaan rather well! One thing I also picked up from the trailer is the music –  not just the Beatles that we were first introduced to in the teaser, but the synth-like Euro music of other scenes.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Rihanna, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and is out on the 20th of July.

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Last Updated: March 29, 2017

Nick Reay

I have been an avid fan of movies ever since I discovered Santa Clause wasn’t real, a day marked in my memory by my first viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, which wasn’t so wonderful that day. Since then I’ve watched thousands of movies and even fooled my parents into putting me through uni to get a degree in the subject. I first started writing as a journalist for The South African Newspaper before moving onto communications for an NGO trying to save the planet. Unfortunately my recommendations to the CEO that we should all don rings imbued with the powers of earth, fire, wind, water and HEART went unheard. Now I pretend the end isn’t nigh by hiding in movies.

  • MonsterCheddar

    Can’t wait to see this.

  • Sock-puppet

    This looks great, such good visuals. I just really hope that Cara had some massive amounts of actor training since I last saw her.

    • Agreed… *Improvised dance

      • Sock-puppet


    • Hargrim

      Doesn’t look like it tbh

  • Original Heretic

    Looks very Fifth Element-y. And that’s a good thing!

    • I think the director calls it a 5th element killer!

      • Original Heretic

        If it’s a killer with a big ba-da-boom, then I have no problem giving it my multipass seal of approval.

  • Captain JJ

    Holy things and all that’s holy I want this movie to succeed so badly.

  • Captain JJ

    This is just a week filled with HYPE.
    The Rihanna thing is kinda weird, but I’m willing to forgive a lot simply because of the source material and if this makes good use of it.

  • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

    It looks amazing!

    Incidentally, I knew the name sounded familiar, because years ago, I was in a Bioware forum, and a french guy was accusing Bioware of essentially lifting the storyline of Mass Effect from the Valerian comic book series. At the time, I thought the French guy was just sniffing glue, but now… having seen this trailer… I’m starting to think the guy might have been onto something.

    • Captain JJ

      Tons of things have “been inspired” by Valeriàn et Laureline. Even the metal bikini from Star Wars.

      • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

        And some folk have the nerve to say that the French bring nothing to our collective culture except for smelly feet, breads, cheese and hairy arm pits!

        Vive La France!

        • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

        • Captain JJ

          I have French ancestry, so I must agree! 😀
          Also, the carbonite freezing was kind of Valeriàn et Laureline’s thing. Only it was in plastic and the dude was still kind of awake.

          • Banana Jim’s Final Form!

            LOL! Well now I need to track down some of the books!

  • HairyEwok

    Guardians of the mini galaxy.

  • Andre116

    And speaking of Pandora…doesn’t the opening scene also remind you of Borderlands.

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