Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) is the latest director to embrace social media to help personalise their promotional duties. He has taken to Twitter recently to announce his new project, science fiction adaptation Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, which has Cara Delevingne (Anna Karenina) and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) on board to star.
Starring @danedehaan & @Caradelevingne. Shooting in December. In theaters 2017. 🐬 pic.twitter.com/R3STb1aPsf— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter offers a few more details about the movie, which is drawn from the Valérian And Laureline comic book series created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières. Besson is writing and directing the film, which will see DeHaan playing the agent who travels in time and space, with Delevingne co-starring as his fellow agent Laureline, as they defend a utopian 28th century Earth and neighbouring planets from threats. First published in 1967, the series' ideas and designs concepts went on to influence the likes of Star Wars (1977) and, perhaps more tellingly, The Fifth Element (1997), so this feels like Besson bringing things full circle.
That subtitle suggests Besson is dipping into the second collected tome, The Empire Of A Thousand Planets, and with nine collections on shelves so far (a tenth hits UK shops in September), there is plenty of scope for a franchise, whether Besson stays at the helm or starts farming the task out to protégés. Either way, it's certainly encouraging to see him get back to big scale science fiction, no doubt driven by the success of Lucy (2014). The plan is to start shooting at the end of this year for release in summer 2017.
Delevingne is on our screens a lot this summer, with Joe Wright's (Atonement) Pan out 17 July 17 Paper Towns due 21 August. She is also part of Warner Bros and DC Entertainment's Suicide Squad, which is currently shooting for a 5 August 2016 release. DeHaan, meanwhile, will be seen as James Dean in Life, out 25 September and Justin Chadwick's (Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom) Tulip Fever, which has yet to secure a UK release date.