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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artificial intelligence series

Lucy gave Luc Besson‘s career a little bit of a boost. It’s not like the producer of countless action movies needed the help, but Lucy was the director’s biggest hit in years, and it most likely afforded him the opportunity to make Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. The pricey sci-fi film is currently shooting, but once that picture wraps, Besson will be turn his attention to Artificial Intelligence, an original show from TNT and EuroCorp TV USA.

Learn more about the Artificial Intelligence series below.

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Taken TV Series Cast

Not too long ago, we found out that the Taken TV series in development at NBC had rounded up TV director Alex Graves (Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The West Wing) to be at the helm of the pilot for the prequel story that will show us how Bryan Mills (the character originated by Liam Neeson in the film franchise) acquired his particular set of skills. And now that TV series has a leading man to step into Neeson’s shoes.

Vikings star Clive Standen has landed the lead role of Bryan Mills in the Taken TV series cast. But remember that this series will be set in modern day, but still follows a young version of the character before he would ever have to deal with his daughter and wife (and eventually himself) getting kidnapped. Find out more below. Read More »

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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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Rihanna Boards Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic ‘Valerian’

Rihanna in Battleship

Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has scooped up a huge star on its way to outer space. Rihanna is climbing aboard the sci-fi adventure in a “big” role, joining Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, and Clive Owen. See the Rihanna Valerian casting announcement after the jump.  Read More »

Taken TV series

I know the main question everyone asked after watching any of the three Taken films was “but how did Bryan Mills” develop a very particular set of skills? Can we ever see that long career that gave him skills that make him a nightmare for bad people?

Now we’ll finally have the answer to those questions, because there’s a Taken TV series in the works from producer Luc Besson and NBC. But the Bryan Mills we see in the show won’t be the Bryan Mills we know, because Liam Neeson isn’t in the picture. This will be a younger version of Mills, before he has those skills, before he even has a family, before anyone is taken. Read More »

Clive Owen Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Clive Owen in The Knick

Clive Owen is going from early 20th century New York to futuristic outer space, thanks to director Luc Besson. The Knick star has joined Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian, a sci-fi epic based on a long-running comic series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Get all the details details on the Clive Owen Valerian casting 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 »

Ed Skrein in The Transporter Refueled

Jason Statham may be done with the Transporter series, but as they say in showbiz, the extremely lucrative action franchise must go on. So EuropaCorp is pressing onward with The Transporter Refueled, starring what they hope will be the next Jason Statham. His name is Ed Skrein, and you might remember him as Daario 1.0 from Game of Thrones. Check out The Transporter Refueled trailer after the jump.

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