Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Stunning Second Trailer Released

An exciting new trailer for highly anticipated film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was shown at CinemaCon 2017 a few days ago and was released on IMDb yesterday.

The previous trailer, while visually stunning, didn’t reveal too much in the way of plot or setting for the film. This one, on the other hand, gives a lot more information.

DeHaan and Delevingne

Valerian and Laureline hang out

It opens on a desert planet reminiscent of Tatooine. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his partner Laureline (Cara Delevingneare battling aliens trying to escape and end their mission. They return to Alpha, the City of Thousand Planets, so named because it is a centuries-old utopian cooperative where species from across the universe have gathered to live peacefully and share knowledge. The peaceful coexistence of Alpha is under threat from some unknown entity. Valerian and Laureline are tasked by Commander Arün Filitt (Clive Owen) with discovering and eliminating that threat.

As well as treating us to more of the story, the new trailer cranks the visuals up to 11 (take my advice, if there is any way you can watch this on a TV, DO IT!). The Thousand Planets will remind any fan of sci-fi films of settings in a variety of films, but so clarified and sparkling it’s absolutely breathtaking. But would we expect anything less from writer-director Luc Besson?Harkening back all the way to 1988’s The Big Blue, Besson has delivered visual delights that have gotten gradually more fascinating as his career has continued, with La Femme Nikita, Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element (which seems like the granddaddy of the Valerian world), and Lucy.

Rhianna

More of Valerian’s stunning visuals

The film also stars Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer, and Herbie Hancock in mostly unnamed roles at this point.

The adventures of Valérian and Laureline began as a French comic written by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières back in 1967, ending in 2010, so it seems like there’s a lot of material to mine if Besson is interested in beginning a series (wishful thinking, maybe?). In 2007, it was turned into a French-Japanese produced TV show that appears to have a decidedly Manga feel.

This iteration of the story is so far scheduled to hit theatres on July 21, 2017.

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  1. kervala
    April 11, 12:02 kervala

    “In 2007, it was turned into a French-Japanese produced TV show that lasted 7 episodes, and appears to have a decidedly Manga feel.”

    Hum, there was 40 episodes for the anime :p

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