Cara Delevingne is ringing in the new year of 2016 by starting production on her latest movie, the sci-fi drama Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The actress took to Instagram earlier today to share the first set photo. We also have a behind-the-scenes photo with the actress alongside her co-star Dane DeHaan, which comes from Luc Besson's own Instagram page. There isn't much that can be gleaned about the story from these photos, but hopefully we'll see even more as production continues, under the direction of Luc Besson.
The story centers on Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), who are exploring Syrte, capital planet of a system of 1,000 worlds. Their mission is to discover whether the Syrtians could present a danger to Earth. What they find is a decaying empire led by decadent aristocrats, a population ripe for revolution, and a mysterious caste of masked wise men who discreetly pull the strings from hidden fortresses.
Swept up by the winds of history, the agents of Earth will have to choose a side. The supporting cast includes Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Rihanna. Luc Besson is directing from his own adapted screenplay, with a July 21, 2017 release date already in place. The project will be going up against Christopher Nolan's new World War II action thriller Dunkirk, and an unspecified animated project from 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation.
The project is based on the French comic book series Valerian and Laureline, created by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. The comic series debuted in 1967, an has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. The project will be the most ambitious and expensive ever produced by Luc Besson's EuropaCorp, but specific budget details have not been revealed.
Cara Delevingne will next be seen in the highly-anticipated superhero adventure Suicide Squad, which hits theaters on August 5, and she was last seen in Paper Towns and Pan. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Luc Besson revealed on his own Instagram page that production will take place for 115 days, so we'll have to wait and see if more photos will arrive from the set. Take a look at the first photos from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets below, and stay tuned for more updates.