After his box office success with 2014’s “Lucy,” starring none other than “Avengers: Age of Ultron” Black Widow herself Scarlett Johansson, director Luc Besson took to the Twitter-verse (in his very first tweet, nonetheless,) to announce his newest project: a film adaptation of the French sci-fi graphic novel ‘Valérian and Laureline’, written by Pierre Christin with art by Jean-Claude Mézières. The novel, first published in 1967, follows the adventures of the two title heroes: special agents that possess the ability to manipulate space and time.
The film is titled “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and the leading roles have already been assigned. Valerian is being played by Dane DeHaan, who you may remember from 2002’s “Chronicle” and, more notably, as Harry Osborn in 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. Cara Delevingne will play Laureline, who is actually from 11th century France. (Yes, there will be time travel!) Hopefully Delevingne is a good fit for the comic-verse, since she is also set to play Enchantress in the Suicide Squad.
Besson plans to start shooting “Valerian” in December, and hopes for a theater release date sometime in 2017. This film definitely sounds interesting; it emits a kind of Doctor Who meets the X-Files kind of vibe. Different for sure, and after seeing DeHaan in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, viewers know they can at least count on a powerful performance in the portrayal of Valerian.