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Latest Valerian movie trailer proves Besson is back, baby

If the first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets was meant to introduce the director’s upcoming graphic novel adaptation, the newest trailer aims to wow with its world building and the outrageous look of the movie. I’m sold. Many are calling this Besson’s spiritual Fifth Element follow-up, and it’s clear why people feel that way. The trailer is gorgeous, which means the movie itself is going to look amazing on the big screen. While most are in agreement that the visuals will stun, the same viewers are worried leads Cara Delevigne and Dane Dehaan won’t have the charisma to sell the material. Early, unfounded comparisons to flops like Jupiter Ascending and John Carter have been made, but only time will tell how Valerian fairs. Again, I’m sold, and I’ve been on team DeHaan since he first made waves in Chronicle. Fingers crossed this movie kicks ass.

Watch the new, eye-popping trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, read a plot synopsis, and check out a new poster for the movie after the jump.

Again, wow. Beautiful and most definitely conjures up Fifth Element memories of a world realized in full color. The trailer dives a little deeper into the atmosphere and energy we’ll see on display, setting up a mission/objective for the two protagonists without giving away too much of the story. That’s rare these days as far as trailers go. Credits also mention familiar faces like Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, and Rutger Hauer, who have yet to make an appearance in promotional material, so their reveal should be fun. I don’t know a thing about the original graphic novel material, but I’m sure there’s plenty to pull from for inspiration.

If you’re as in the dark as I am, here’s a plot synopsis for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

Valerian and Laureline 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, 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.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan, Clara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Rutger Hauer, Rihanna, Herbie Hancock, and Alexandre Nguyen. The movie makes its way to theaters on July 21, 2017.

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