Sunday, 23 October 2016

Alexandre Desplat set to score Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets

We recently learned that Michael Giacchino (Jurassic World) would be replacing Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel) as composer for Gareth Edwards' (Godzilla) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but at least we know that Desplat will still be conjuring themes for strange creatures and fantastical worlds. He is aboard to score Luc Besson's (Léon: The Professional) Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.

The director took to Twitter to welcome the composer, dropping what we figure is a not so subtle reference to his previous, albeit temporary gig. And from what we have seen of it so far, including footage screened at this year's San Diego Comic Con, Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets is shaping up to be a composer's dream in terms of visual material to work from.

Adapted from Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières' beloved comic book series, the story finds Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) as special operatives for the human territories who are part of the force maintaining order in the galaxy. They are dispatched to the enormous city of Alpha, a sprawling, ever evolving city that is home to thousands of species from all parts of the universe. And though it seems to be a peaceful utopia working for the good of all its inhabitants, dark forces are lurking under the surface, and the entire human race might be in danger...

Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets will be in UK cinemas on 21 July next year.

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