2017 is already packed full of blockbusters. With the likes of Wonder Woman, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Justice League set to arrive, among several others, moviegoers really won’t have much of a chance to breathe next year, as the heavy hitters will be coming in thick and fast. And that’s why we’re hoping that one film in particular doesn’t get overlooked.
We’re talking about Luc Besson’s epic space opera, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Sure, the title may be a mouthful, and it isn’t based on a property as recognizable as some of the aforementioned movies, but there’s still reason to be excited for it.
Casting Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as the film’s spacefaring leads certainly helps matters, but it’s the dazzling spectacle that’s teased in this first trailer that has our anticipation at an all-time high. Besson is no stranger to the sci-fi genre, giving us one of the all-time greats with The Fifth Element, and though he’s been doing mostly action flicks as of late, it looks like he hasn’t lost a step here.
The world Besson’s created is beautiful, with stunning visual effects, interesting creature design and some bizarre humor thrown in for good measure. The film looks like it won’t be taking itself too seriously, which is good, and though this first teaser is rather short, it certainly promises a fun ride.
Also starring Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, 10 Cloverfield Lane star John Goodman and Rutger Hauer, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows the interstellar adventures of Delevingne and DeHaan’s co-leads in “a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys, with the pair’s adventures rooted in space opera and time travel themes.” Sounds like a wild backdrop for Besson to paint his vision on, and we can’t wait to see how it all turns out when the film hits theatres on July 21st, 2017.