Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ footage teases a large scale sci-fi adventure

By ·July 22, 2016 10:50 am

San Diego Comic Con 2016 has brought us first footage from Luc Besson’s 2017 sci-fi action movie Valerian. Besson, who is famous for impressive past films such as Léon: The Professional, Nikita and the renowned  The Fifth Element will be back next year with a new film that promises a fascinating large scale blend of sci-fi, adventure and comedy.

The movie, starring Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns) will tell a story about special operatives that are part of a large force maintaining order in the galaxy. They’re sent by Commander Filitt (Clive Owen) to fly to the city of Alpha, a huge city that is home to thousands of different alien species. And though at first it seems to be a peaceful utopia, it soon becomes clear that there are dark forces lurking behind corners that are bent on destroying the entire human race.

Although the footage is not officially released online yet, here’s what CBR has to say about it:

A dark hallway, striped by cool light and ominous shadows. Corpses lie on the floor under clear plastic sheets. Valerian (DeHaan) enters in a helmet-less space suit studded with LED lights. He travels through a craggy cave, into the metal hallways–perhaps of a spaceship? Into his communicator, Valerian asks an offscreen Laureline where he needs to head. Taking in her instructions, he sighs with flat irritation, “That leads me straight into a wall.”

The clip cut off here. But the final sizzle reel climaxes by picking back up with Valerian and this line, and a special nod to the audience. “Come on, Valerian” Laureline taunts, “It’s Comic Con.”

“All right, let’s do this,” he growls. A helmet emerges mechanically from his spacesuit’s collar. Valerian bolts straight at the wall, barreling through. And instead of more hallway, he’s leaping through the wall into one bizarre environment after another. These — Besson later confirmed — are different dimensions, some red and angry, some blue and filled with strange bubbles, some filled with flowers. It’s like looking through a kinetic kaleidoscope. And Besson promises this is just the start of a 45-second run that’s sure to blow sci-fi fans away.

The film seems to promise the scale and ambition of Star Wars, and it definitely leaves all the sci-fi fans hungry.


The film stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delivigne and Clive Owen

The film stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delivigne and Clive Owen,

The film is set to be released July 21, 2017.

Image credits: EuropaCorp


Written by Vytautas Jokubaitis

Features Writer

Vytas is a graduate in English Philology and the Spanish language from Lithuania, currently doing his masters in England.

His hobbies include watching TV and movies, gaming and reading. He is also interested in all the things that make stories work, such as tropes and other devices.

His specialty subjects include A Song of Ice and Fire and other fantasy, Star Wars, and any other Sci-Fi stuff.

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