Luc Besson's VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS Rockets Online With The Official Trailer

Last November proved to be rather fun and engaging with the fan-attributed lauch of the initial teaser trailer for Luc Besson's Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Fans even got their own trailer (as did we), and thus, with a release date now set for July 21 in the U.S. following EuropaCorp's partnership with STX Entertainment, the official trailer is now online and just as full of interstellar action and spectacle.

In the 28th century, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are a team of special operatives charged with maintaining order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the Minister of Defense, the two embark on a mission to the astonishing city of Alpha—an ever-expanding metropolis where species from all over the universe have converged over centuries to share knowledge, intelligence and cultures with each other. There is a mystery at the center of Alpha, a dark force which threatens the peaceful existence of the City of a Thousand Planets, and Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.
My last headline pretty much says all I need to reapply here for the second one. Besson's knack for applying iconic sci-tropes even gave us the memorable singing scene in The Fifth Element recently tackled by Opera singer Jane Zhang in a live-performance several weeks ago, which is otherwise telling of how effective Besson has been in his craft.

At any rate, no songstresses here...just a swarm of nebulous, immersive, out-of-this-world excellence starring a young and vibrant cast as presented in a trailer which is clearly also meant to help sell to the same crowd that will be going to the movies a few months earlier for Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol. 2., sans talking trees and raccoons and such.

Will moviegoers bite? Maybe, but we'll see what the upcoming reviews have to say in the long haul. Meanwhile, check out the trailer below with Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu also starring.


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