Back in January, actress Cara Delevingne revealed the first set photos from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets as production got under way in Paris. While shooting is still under way, director Luc Besson shared the first official photo from the movie, featuring the filmmaker flanked by stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan, both in full costume. The filmmaker also teased that more photos will debut tomorrow in Entertainment Weekly, so stay tuned for those.
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 is rounded out by Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Yifan Wu. Virginie Besson-Silla is producing the film on behalf of EuropaCorp, while Fundamental Films, BNP Paribas, Orange, Universum Film, Gulf Film, River Road Entertainment, Belga Films and TF1 Films Production are the main co-financiers of the movie. Luc Besson previously 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 arrive from the set
The comic series upon which the movie is based debuted in 1967, and 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. Regardless of how big the budget is, this sci-fi movie will face plenty of competition when it debuts next summer.
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. Take a look at the first official photo from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and stay tuned for more images tomorrow.