Second official trailer of Luc Besson‘s 2017 science fiction adventure film ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Teaser’.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (French: Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes) is a 2017 English-language French 3Depic science fiction adventure film written and directed by Luc Besson, and co-produced by Besson and his wife, Virginie Besson-Silla. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It stars Dane DeHaan as Valerian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline, with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, and Rutger Hauer in supporting roles. Besson independently crowd-sourced and personally funded Valerian and, with a production budget between $177–210 million, it is both the most expensive European and independent film ever made.
The film was released by STX Entertainment on 21 July 2017 in the United States, and in France on 26 July, by EuropaCorp. Valerianreceived mixed reviews from critics, who criticized the plot and some of the casting, but praised the visuals, and has grossed $132 million worldwide. Due to its high production and advertising costs, the film was considered a box office bomb.
Luc Besson (born 1959) is a French film director, screenwriter, and producer. He directed or produced the films Subway(1985), The Big Blue (1988), and Nikita (1990). Besson is known for his distinctive filmmaking style and is associated with the movement critics call Cinéma du look. He has been nominated for a César Award for Best Director and Best Picture for his films Léon: The Professional and The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc. He won Best Director and Best French Director for his sci-fi action film The Fifth Element (1997). He wrote and directed the 2014 sci-fi thriller film Lucy.
In 1980, he founded his own production company, called Les Films du Loup, and later Les Films du Dauphin. This was superseded in 2000 by his co-founding EuropaCorp film company with his longtime collaborator, Pierre-Ange Le Pogam . As writer, director, or producer, Besson has so far been involved in the creation of more than 50 films.