Luc Besson has his work cut out for him with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, both for people who know Valérian and Laureline, and those who don’t. For fans, the Buck Rogers meets Doctor Who comic that started in the ’60s is a mountain higher than even The X-Men, Superman, or just about anything else, having reached a kind of “art” status. For those who aren’t fans, you’ve got to convince them to show up, and then you have to deliver a style that may not win over broad audiences. It’s not only rather space opera-y, ala Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon, but the main character (depending on where you are in the comics life) is rather… lumoxy.
Besson is apparently confident he can tackle it, and considering the film’s budget, he’s convinced others as well.
These early images don’t exactly tell you much, except that Cara Delevingne looks a bit more scowly than the Laureline fans might expect, but they give you a sense of the style.
Any hints about things are anyone’s guess at this point, because given the “time-cop” (or “time-rogue,” depending on where we are in the history) nature of things, the movie could be about anything.
Given the film’s title, you have to suspect that we are jumping deep into the story, and our heroes are hot on the trail of the missing Earth, which turns up in a city with a bunch of planets in it.
Take a look below, and let us know what you think of this one.