Luc Besson's Latest Adventure Film “VALERIAN” is Greatest Visual Experience Since “AVATAR”
the heels of global epic adventure hits “Avatar” and “Star
Wars” comes Luc Besson’s spectacular high-speed adventure film
“Valerian” based on the acclaimed bestselling graphic-novel
series “Valerian and Laureline” by Pierre Christin and
Jean-Claude Mézières, first published in 1967. Powered by the
imagination of Besson, “Valerian” takes audiences on an
unforgettable intergalactic adventure.
on the title role as “Valerian” is talented and acclaimed actor
Dane Dehaan starring alongside model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne
as Laureline. “Valerian” is set in the not-so-distant
future, 28th century where we see the lead characters Valerian and
Laureline working together with a team of special operatives charged
with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under
assignment from the Minister of Defense (Oscar and Grammy-award
winning composer Herbie Hancock), the two embark on a mission to the
astonishing city of Alpha — an ever-expanding metropolis where
species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to
share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with one another.
is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force that threatens the
peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian
and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and
safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
alongside DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, “Chronicle”)
and Delevingne (“Suicide Squad”, “Paper Towns”) is an
accomplished troupe of performers and newcomers to the big screen led
by Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer.
In a stunning performance, global pop icon Rihanna (who’s also in
the upcoming “Ocean’s Eight”) makes her debut in the fantasy
Valerian and Laureline plot their course through this visually
stunning, intergalactic space adventure, they must navigate landmines
of flying car chases, shootouts with criminals of the alien
underworld, narrow escapes from deadly creatures, and space battles
unlike anything ever seen on the big screen.
before Luc Besson became one of the world’s foremost action auteurs
— writing, producing and directing a string of iconic hits such as
“Taken”, “Transporter”, “La Femme Nikita”and “Taxi”—
he was a young boy transfixed by a comic-book series called “Valerian
and Laureline.” Constrained by the relatively primitive
visual effects technology available in the 1990s, Besson knew it
would be some time before he was able to create the wondrous
“Valerian and Laureline” universe he knew the source material
deserved. It would take a seismic jolt and a huge evolutionary
leap forward in visual effects to enable the filmmaker to bring
“Valerian and Laureline” to life.
James Cameron invited Besson to the set of his space epic, Avatar,
the French director made up his mind. “When Avatar arrived, it made
everything seem possible. I remember thinking, ‘One day I will come
back to sci-fi with these new tools, where the only limit is your
imagination. That’s when I decided to make Valerian.”
more than $ 200 million in production cost, “Valerian” poises to
be “Avatar-esque” in terms of the visually stunning effects and
vistas as entertainment news site The Wrap considers Valerian as the
greatest visual experience seen since Avatar.
opens July 21 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. For more
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