Many comic book fans have never heard of Valerian & Laureline, even though the original French comic by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières heavily influenced Star Wars, The Fifth Element, Avatar, and other sci-fi movies that followed. But that may change next summer when director Luc Besson releases a new live-action adaptation called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Dane DeHaan is playing a time-traveling space cop named Valerian, while Cara Delevingne is portraying his partner, Laureline. Although Laureline doesn’t share top billing in the film, she is Valerian’s equal…and possibly even his superior! Entertainment Weekly has debuted a new photo from the set of Valerian which primarily depicts DeHaan’s character attempting to fix his ship after a crash.
In the new issue of EW, DeHaan related his attempt to physically remake himself into someone who can pull off an action hero role. “It occurred to me that I had to look like I could save the universe,” said DeHaan. “But luckily, it’s France. They have reasonable working hours. I would exercise in the morning and get on set by noon. It helped me mentally get into the head of the hero, but The Rock gets up much earlier than I do.”
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t coming out until July 21, 2017, but fans at Comic-Con International will get a chance to see Besson, DeHaan, and Delevingne in person on Thursday, July 21 at 1pm in Hall H as they unveil an advance preview of the film.
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