If you've seen Luc Besson's 1997 movie The Fifth Element, then you will know the French director can do visually-spectacular sci-fi to stunning effect. He's now returning to that genre with his new movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets due out next year.
Like The Fifth Element comic book artist Jean-Claude Mézières has helped with production design and the movie is based on the comic book series by Valérian and Laureline, illustrated by Mézières and written by Pierre Christin which ran from 1967 until 2010.
The series followed the adventures of Valérian and his colleague Laureline, who are played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in the film. Christin infused the writing of the comic with humor and Mézières created intricate visuals for the alien worlds the two heroes would traverse.
Looking at the trailer this seems to have been carried over to the film, which looks like it has some stunning CGI in it. Along with all manner of crazy creatures, costumes, and alien worlds that look like Besson has made the most of his $180 million budget.
The trailer certainly leaves you wanting more. Here's the official synopsis:
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.
Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe.
Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.