San Diego Comic Con came and went this year, and a lot of people were most excited about what they saw regarding comic book adaptations like Wonder Woman, Doctor Strange, Justice League, and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. But there was another comic book adaptation that kind of got buried by the hype, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. This one should have nerds everywhere very excited, especially if they were fans of 1997’s The Fifth Element because Valerian represents director Luc Beeson‘s first deep dive into space opera since that movie almost 20 years ago. Now, the teaser trailer gives us even more of a reason to be excited.
Submitted for your approval, the teaser trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, a space fantasy based on the graphic novel series created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. The story follows Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), protectors of the intergalactic city of Alpha where all manner of alien races work together for the common good. But their are threats to the city, and one threat in particular puts all 17 million of Alpha’s inhabitants in jeopardy and tear the city apart. Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, John Goodman, Yifan Wu and Herbie Hancock co-star.
So without further ado, here’s your first look at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets…
Looks like good watching, but it’s important to remember that The Fifth Element was perceived as a bomb when it came out only to gain a cult following in the years since. It will be interesting to see if the movie viewers’ apparent ennui with the endless parade of sequels and remakes can translate into success for a movie offering something new and different, but it’s worth noting that Valerian opens on the same weekend next summer as Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, so… Good luck!
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be in theatres everywhere on July 21, 2017.