Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets images

Luc Besson has only directed two movies that can be considered full-on science fiction, but they’re doozies. What Lucy lacks in brains, it more than makes up for in style and total insanity. And The Fifth Element is, of course, one of the wildest exercises in genre imagination to emerge from the ’90s. Besson has made good films and bad films, but there’s a playful silliness and enthusiasm to his work that can’t be denied.

So when the first image from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets arrived yesterday, I took one look at Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in their wacky sci-fi costumes and thought “Yep, this is most definitely a Luc Besson movie.” Now, a new batch of images from this upcoming sci-fi adventure have popped on online and they seem to confirm that this will be the Besson-iest Luc Besson movie in quite some time.

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Valérian and Laureline movie

For the past several months Luc Besson has been working on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as a pair of futuristic agents whose travels take them through space and time. The project looks like a return to the kind of weird, wild, fantastical sci-fi we saw in The Fifth Element — the source material is even co-written by Jean-Claude Mézières, who worked on The Fifth Element — and as such we’ve been waiting eagerly to see what it would look like.

Well, today we finally have a little taste. Besson has shared a Valerian first look image featuring DeHaan and Delevingne suited up as Valerian and Laureline, with the promise of much more to come in the near future.  Read More »

Besson

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets isn’t quite a return to sci-fi for Luc Besson, as his last feature film, Lucy, was also in the genre. But Lucy didn’t share much in common with The Fifth Element, Besson’s 1997 hit. Valerian, his new movie and his biggest picture to date, seems to be more in the same mold as The Fifth Element. The sci-fi project stars Dane DeHaanCara Delevigne, Clive OwenJohn Goodman, and more, and it’s shooting right now. Get a look at some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump.

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Life trailer

Anton Corbijn‘s Life has been flying under-the-radar the past few months. We saw a trailer for the film back in August, but Corbijn’s bio film didn’t generate much love or awards talk at any festivals. Then again, the director’s second feature film, The American, was hidden from critics and loathed by plenty of moviegoers, and that movie is a terrifically sparse thriller. Corbijn is taking on a very different story with his newest film, though.

Watch the Life trailer after the jump.

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Life trailer

Dane DeHaan plays James Dean in the first trailer for Anton Corbijn‘s Life, alongside Robert Pattinson as the Life magazine photographer sent to profile him.

The premise is not unlike that of the recent David Foster Wallace biopic The End of the Tour: the two embark on a road trip just as the tragically short-lived superstar is beginning his ascent, revealing and rediscovering themselves along the way. Watch the Life trailer after the jump. Read More »

Valérian and Laureline movie

Luc Besson, coming off the surprise smash Lucy, is preparing to adapt a long-running and influential set of Belgian science fiction stories co-created by one of his visual designers on The Fifth Element. The Valérian and Laureline stories feature a pair of galactic adventurers on wide-ranging missions across space and time. The two characters debuted in 1967 in comics by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres, the latter of whom ended up working on The Fifth Element. Besson has planned to make a film adapting the comics for the past couple years, and now he’s in position to move forward.

So Besson will write and direct his Valérian and Laureline movie — called Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne starring in the lead roles. Read More »

Dane DeHaan a cure for wellness

The name Gore Verbinski has complicated connotations. For a while, it inspired excitement in film fans. Now, that excitement cooled considerably, thanks in part to the director’s multiple years making bad, big-budget Disney movies. He’s trying to reclaim his name, though, and just took a significant step towards doing so.

Verbinski has committed to making a supernatural horror film called A Cure For Wellness, which follows a man who travels into the Swiss Alps to find his boss, only to be trapped in a mental institution. Dane DeHaan will play that main character and actress Mia Goth is in talks as well. The film will be written by Justin Haythe, who did The Lone Ranger with Verbinski but also wrote Sam Mendes’ underrated Revolutionary Road. Read more about A Cure for Wellness below. Read More »

ziggy musical

Well, you can’t accuse Dane DeHaan and Rooney Mara of not wanting to try new things. The hot young stars have signed on for Ziggy, a musical Jazz Age love story from Diesel Schwarze. Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Alex Da Kid will help provide original contemporary music.

If that sounds a bit like Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby, there’s be a good reason for that. Schwarze is a protégé of Luhrmann’s who worked with him on Moulin Rouge! and Broadway’s La Boheme. Get Ziggy musical plot details and more.

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Life After Beth trailer

Plenty of zombie movies deal with the heartbreaking difficulty of having to kill a zombie with a familiar face. Not many deal with the pitfalls of trying to date one. Jeff Baena‘s Sundance comedy Life After Beth is one of the select few.

Dane DeHaan plays Zach, who’s mourning the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). When she comes back as a zombie, he’s delighted to get a second chance at their relationship — even if it means putting up with her rotting flesh and newfound appetite for humans. Anna Kendrick, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, and Cheryl Hines also star. Watch the first Life After Beth trailer after the jump.

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spider-man mondo

Marc Webb‘s second Spider-Man film has been out in much of the world for a couple weeks, but it just hits the US this week. So let’s talk about The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The film brings back some of the primary cast from the first movie — well, the most recent movie. Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker and Spider-Man; Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy; Sally Field is Aunt May; and Campbell Scott is Peter’s father Richard Parker. Spider-Man’s origin is reworked a bit more, by tying the story of the radioactive spider that bit Peter even more tightly to the machinations of Oscorp. In fact, this sequel ties everything to Oscorp: the put-upon wage slave Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), who becomes Electro; the crazy Russian gangster (Paul Giamatti) who becomes Rhino; the new Green Goblin (Dane DeHann), of course; and likely future members of the bad-guy collective The Sinister Six.

So what did you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Tell us in the comments below, where spoilers are fully encouraged. Read More »