A new clip of Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” debuted at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, exciting fans with an action-filled, lush and stylish CGI-heavy universe.
The clip showed Valerian (DeHaan) and his loyal partner Laureline (Delevingne) having 10 hours to find a threat that is trying to destroy everything the residents of Alpha have built. While Delevingne did some sort of glorified hula-dancing in “Suicide Squad,” here, she’s a bona fide a– kicker, throwing punches and kicking everything into high gear — literally.
During the STX panel at CinemaCon, STX Motion Picture Chairman Adam Fogelson invited Delevingne and director Luc Besson on stage, where Besson revealed he had been wanting to tell this story since he was 10 years old. Fogelson put Delevigne in the same canon of actresses he’s made the icons of his films: Natalie Portman (“The Professional”), Mila Jovovich (“Fifth Element”) and Scarlett Johansson (“Lucy”).
The film is based on “Valerian and Laureline,” the long-running French comic book series by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres that began in 1967. (Mezieres also served as Conceptual Designer on Besson’s “The Fifth Element”.) DeHaan stars as the titular character, who can travel through space and time.
Other stars of the film include John Goodman, Clive Owen, and Ethan Hawke. Music legend Herbie Hancock was also cast in an unspecified role.
Here’s how the sneak peek was received by CinemaCon attendees:
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 28, 2017
The new Valerian trailer is so far up my alley. The way Besson is wholeheartedly embracing sci-fi/fantasy world building is astounding.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 28, 2017
My big question about the new Valerian trailer is if I’ll still think about how much the leads look like potentially incestuous siblings.
— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) March 28, 2017
Valerian trailer presents a visually exciting world full of creatures. I want to explore. Marketing yet to excite me about main characters.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 28, 2017
Man, I am so all-in for Valerian. A new trailer just played & with each new frame revealed I fall more in love with this crazy sci-fi world.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) March 28, 2017