It was announced some time ago that Luc besson is going to direct an adaptation of the french sci-fi comic Valerian and the city of a thousand planets. Besson, who is widely known for the fifth element has grand plans for the movie and has already cast the two main leads. The comic itself even has similarities to the fifth element in terms of aesthetic. This movie will basically be Besson returning to his roots in sci-fi and could possibly give him back some of the cred he lost as time went on.
Here's the synopsis from the comic:
The series focuses on the adventures of the dark-haired Valérian, a spatio-temporal agent, and his redheaded female companion, Laureline, as they travel the universe through space and time. Valérian is a classical hero, kind-hearted, strong and brave who follows the orders of his superiors even if he feels, deep down, that it is the wrong thing to do. On the other hand, his companion Laureline combines her superior intelligence, determination ,and independence.
Based on the synopsis we could be getting something close to a buddy cop movie in space with a larger conspiracy angle which could be entertaining considering Valerian and Laureline have very different personalities which might cause them to occasionally disagree on how to get the job done. Laureline is basically a rebel and is pretty extroverted, she isn't afraid to speak her mind when she doesn't agree on something and therefore has no problem challenging the orders of her superiors. Valerian is quite the opposite since he is a by the book kind of character who has been trained to follow orders even if they go against his views of right and wrong.
Dehaan will be portraying Valerian, which is interesting considering his resume of films and television. Dehaan is mostly known for his roles in tv shows and movies such as "In treatment","Chronicle", and "the Amazing spider man 2". Dehaan was supposed to become a franchise star due to his role in the spider-man film but it didn't work out, now he has a rare opportunity right in front of him. He is a fairly good choice for Valerian since he can portray a rule-worm character who is a bit naive and heroic at the same time, although he is known for playing unhinged characters.
Cara Delevingne is set to portray Laureline which actually seems like a spot-on casting choice given the personality of the character. Delevingne has a reputation for being a bit unfiltered in her speech as well as speaking her mind even when others verbally attack her. Surprisingly her attitude might add the comedic charm and snark that this movie needs. Her upcoming film "paper towns" is further proof that she can portray a rebellious character who's actions are a bit outside of the norm. It's going to be interesting to see if she and Dehaan will have likable chemistry on screen. Overall these two could make quite the pair on screen which gives this movie a significant amount of momentum.
Valerian is currently set to hit theaters on July 21,2017