Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott may receive the lion's share of acclaim, but French director Luc Besson is a sci-fi legend in his own right, responsible for some of the genre's most iconic movies. Following the legacy of classics like The Fifth Element and newer hits like Lucy, Besson will soon release his most ambitious project yet: Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.
Based on the popular French comics published in 1967, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been a passion project for Besson over the past 40 years — and boy, does that show in this second trailer. Every frame is saturated with the kind of precise detail that we've come to expect from #LucBesson, who has recreated the world of his dreams in precise and jaw-dropping detail.
Feast your eyes on the stellar second trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in the clip below:
"A universe without boundaries needs heroes without limits."
Starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne as interstellar special operatives, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets follows the loved-up pair as they fight to defend Alpha, a metropolis that is home to aliens from — you guessed it — a thousand planets.
During an interview with Deadline, Besson revealed how Valerian was almost made before The Fifth Element back in the '90s:
“I never thought that I could make a film with Valerian when I was young. It’s part of my childhood, but I never thought about it until I was like 30 years old. In fact, the guy who drew Valérian—his name is Jean-Claude Mézières—he was working on The Fifth Element, and he’s the one who said, ‘Why are you doing The Fifth Element? Why don’t you do Valerian? And then I started to think—I said, ‘Oh yeah, I never thought about it.’ Because at the time, it was just impossible to do, because there’s like two characters and 1,000 aliens. We couldn’t do it—the technique was not there yet—so we just had to be patient.”
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Now that the technology has caught up with Besson's vision, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets could turn out to be the director's best movie in years, perhaps even surpassing the iconic legacy of The Fifth Element. Strap on your space boots and get ready to find out when Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets hits cinemas on July 21.
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(Source — Deadline. Poll Image Credit: Europacorp)