Exclusive: Luc Besson's 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Begins Filming

By Matt O'Bryant

Director Luc Besson's passion project Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets starring Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne has officially begun production today. The film is based on "Dargaud's French science fiction graphic novel series "Valerian and Laureline" created by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin". With the creative and inventive mind of Luc Besson at the helm of this cult classic comic series, this film has sky rocketed to one of our most anticipated films of 2017. Sound off in the comments section, how excited are you to hear that production has finally begun? Is Dane DeHaan and Delevingne the best fit for the classic characters Valerian and Laureline?

Official Synopsis:

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner—blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.
— Official Synopsis

Here's the official press release below:

Principle photography has commenced on the Luc Besson written and directed film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS starring Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, slated for release July 21, 2017. Besson based his screenplay on the French science fiction comic series “Valerian and Laureline” created by artist Jean-Claude Mézières and writer Pierre Christin. Also starring in the film is Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.
— Press Release

We also have the first set photo from Cara Delevingne below and we will update you as more details arrive about the film.

The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock, Kris Wu, with John Goodman, and Rihanna.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will hit theaters on July 21st, 2017.

SOURCE: EuropaCorp