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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

  • 2017
  • PG-13
  • 132min
  • 49%
  • 6.5 / 10

Tasked to maintain order in human territories and prevent them from falling into chaos, Valerian and Laureline go on a mission to the vast metropolis of Alpha to keep it and the entire universe safe from the threatening dark force.

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Luc Besson has always had a fascination for Valerian comics series as a child, but the idea to adapt the film did not come to his mind until he was working on The Fifth Element. During The Fifth Element’s development, Besson approached Valerian illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières to aid him in the project. Mézières asked Besson to work on Valerian film instead. At the time, Besson was uncertain and apprehensive about making the film due to the massive alien-to-human ratio. Avatar’s release in 2009 came to Besson as both a blessing and a curse. According to him, Avatar made him realize that it was possible to create such a film. However, he was still pressed with pressure by the high standards set by James Cameron. This led him to believe that his script would not suffice, so he kept working on it. Creating the storyboard for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets even took almost seven months.


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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a 2017 English-language French 3D space opera film based on the French science fiction comics series titled Valérian and Laureline. The comics series was written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It follows the adventures of special operatives Valerian and Laureline as they save Alpha from a menacing dark force that threatens to wreak havoc on the city and on the entire universe. It was written and directed by Luc Besson and was co-produced by his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. It features Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne as Valerian and Laureline respectively. They are joined by Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles.