Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Trailer

As you may have already known, we don’t normally take up an entire post to talk about a movie trailer unless it is really, really a huge deal and today, the huge deal is upon as and this ‘huge deal’ is Luc Besson’s much anticipated sci-fi flick, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Ever since The Fifth Element dropped back in 1997, it forever changed how we looked at sci-fi movies. It became the benchmark of sci-fi movies and it was also a movie that deeply ingrained in us the exciting (or not, depending on your state of mind) prospect about the future where humans and aliens interaction is a commonplace and also, awesome flying cars.

In a way The Fifth Element was an operatic sci-fi piece that found a place in the pop culture of the 90s, much like Pulp Fiction was to the crime genre. Since after The Fifth Element, the visionary director has been involved in several awesome flicks, including one of my personal favorite Lucy, though he never quite dwell deeply into the topic of futurism like he did in 97’ until now or rather, should we say, next year, when the Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits the theaters. And when it does, it would be fitting as 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the director’s iconic sci-fi flick.

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Granted, Valerian isn’t quite a sequel to the 97’ blockbuster nor is it remotely related to it in anyway. However, if you watch the trailer, you may notice the unmistakable The Fifth Element vibe lurking around, only this time, it appears to be more space-ish as Valerian, after all, takes place in the galaxy. For the uninitiated, this a mouthful upcoming sci-fi movie from Luc Besson is based on French graphic novel Valérian and Laureline written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières and it follows two special operatives Valerian and Laureline (played by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, respectively) from human territories charged with a mission to an intergalactic city called Alpha.

Whether will Valerian live up to or surpass the standards set by the Fifth remains to be seen, but as far as trailer is concerned, it looks pretty damn awesome. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which also stars Clive Owen, Rihanna and the voice of John Goodman, is slated to hit the theaters in the U.S. on July 21, 2017.

Images: screengrab from YouTube video.

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