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Valerian: See Riveting New Trailer for Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Thriller With Cara Delevingne

Outer space epic adapted from popular French comic series set for July 21st release

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, “special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories,” battle wild-looking aliens and pilot svelte spaceships in the final trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The movie hits screens July 21st. 

The new teaser establishes the film’s conceit immediately. First, there is an imminent threat – a voiceover intones, “after centuries of peace and prosperity, an unknown force wants to destroy all we have created.” The nature of the danger is unknown.

Second, there is a time constraint to heighten viewer anxiety and minimize preamble: DeHaan and Delevingne are informed by Clive Owen, who plays their commander, that they have “less than ten hours to find the threat and eliminate it.” Seconds later, the high-speed chases and gunfights begin. 

Valerian, an adaptation of the French comic Valerian and Laureline, is the latest project from director Luc Besson. Tightly wound thrillers come naturally to him – early credits include La Femme Nikita and The Professional – and in the last two decades, he has spun several of these into blockbuster franchises: see The Transporter and Taken. He also has uniquely fused an action flick sensibility with the imaginative possibilities of science fiction: see The Fifth Element and Lucy.

DeHann, Delevingne and Owen are joined in Valerian by Ethan Hawke and the pop star Rihanna.

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