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Based on a graphic novel series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézieres, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is director Luc Besson‘s biggest film in years, if not his biggest to date. Following the success of Lucy, Besson got this passion project of his going, which stars Dane DeHaan, Cara DelevingneEthan Hawke, Clive OwenJohn Goodman, and Rihanna.

Below, check out some Valerian photos taken by Luc Besson.

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Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has been high on our must-see list since it was first announced, and it’s only gotten more intriguing with every casting announcement and promotional photo. Now, as if we weren’t excited enough already, we finally have a look at Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) in action, thanks to a behind-the-scenes featurette that debuted with the MTV Movie Awards last night. Delevigne promises this is going to be “the best movie of all time,” and who are we to doubt her? Get your Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets first look below.

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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 »

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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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The sci-fi universe of Luc Besson‘s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets just keeps growing. The latest to climb aboard the outer space adventure are Ethan Hawke and John Goodman, who will be joining Dane DeHaan, Cara DelevingneClive Owen, and Rihanna. More on the latest Valerian casting after the jump.
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Rihanna Boards Luc Besson’s Sci-Fi Epic ‘Valerian’

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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 »

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Clive Owen Joins Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

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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 »

Luc Besson is really gluing his ass to the director’s chair. Though he directed a good handful of movies since 2000 (Angel-A, three Arthur and the Invisibles films, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-sec, and The Lady) his directorial output has seemed to take a back seat to writing and producing efforts. (Admittedly, that could be an inaccurate perception based on those films’ presence in North America; in Europe, it may not seem as if Besson had any lull at all.)

Regardless, Besson now has three big directorial projects lined up. One is an action thriller in which Angelina Jolie will star; that will shoot in early 2013 after Maleficent is done. Another is an adaptation of the late ’60s French comic series Valerian, which Besson will write and direct.

And then there is Malavita, the “darkly comedic crime thriller” that already has been set to star Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer, and which just added Tommy Lee Jones. Read More »