Trailer: ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets still - Valerian and Laureline

Luc Besson returns to space opera sci-fi with Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which dropped a new trailer at CinemaCon.

Luc Besson has moved away from the trippy colorful space opera-level sci-fi of The Fifth Element in recent years, but he’s returning to the genre that made him stand out from the crowd. See for yourself with the latest teaser trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Based on the French comics Valerian and Laureline by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres (which inspired elements of Star Wars and The Fifth Element), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows space-and-time-traveling agents Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) on their mission to stop the destruction of Alpha, a utopian-like city comprised of 1000 alien cultures and planets. And like The Fifth Element, it’s packed with color and unique aliens – hopefully more practical than not.

Overall, I like what’s showcased in the trailer – along with the continued use of The Beatles’ “Because” – but I’m not totally sold. On one hand, the jam-packed sci-fi feels way too out-there, but then again, films like The Fifth Element and Speed Racer did, too. Knowing Besson, though, the production value of the film will be solid. Then again, some elements may feel like old hat, considering the source material has its roots in 1967 and has influenced countless sci-fi films.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets poster

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21, 2017 and co-stars Clive Owen, Rihanna, John Goodman, and Ethan Hawke, among others.