New epic trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is a visual feast for the eyes

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Apr 26, 2017, 2:36 PM EDT (Updated)

They took their sweet time, but the second epic trailer for Luc Besson’s new sci-fi opus Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has finally dropped. And it's glorious.

Written and directed by Besson, the space opera movie, in the vein of The Fifth Element, is based on the popular French graphic novels titled Valérian and Laureline published between 1967 and 2010. They were penned by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières – who, as it so happens, worked as a conception designer on The Fifth Element and helped develop the look of the cult sci-fi movie.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as the film's titular hero Valerian, Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) as Laureline, and Clive Owen (King Arthur) as Commander Arün Filitt. John Goodman, Rihanna (who recently did a stint as Marion Crane on Bates Motel), Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Rutger Hauer round up an eclectic cast.

This new movie is a bazillion times more ambitious than Besson's previous sci-fi offering, Lucy, and will be a smorgasborg feast for the eyes. There’s so much going on in the new trailer – which boasts a ton of mind-blowing new footage – that gave me a lot of Fifth Element (a movie I really, really loved) and Avatar feels. Guys, I can't wait to see this on the big screen! Also: is it me or that voice-over sounds an awful lot like Cate Blanchett? There’s nothing that indicates she’s in the movie, and I may be completely wrong, but yeah, it sure sounds like her.

Check out the new trailer and let us know what you think. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will open in movie theaters on July 21.

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.


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