Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Teaser poster
Directed by Luc Besson
Produced by
Screenplay by Luc Besson
Based on Valérian and Laureline
by Pierre Christin
Jean-Claude Mézières
Music by Alexandre Desplat[1]
Cinematography Thierry Arbogast
Distributed by EuropaCorp (US & France)
Lionsgate (UK)
Release dates
  • 21 July 2017 (2017-07-21) (United States)
  • 26 July 2017 (2017-07-26) (France)
Running time
129 minutes
Country France
Language English
Budget €170,000,000
(US$180 million)[2][3][4]

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (Valérian et la Cité des mille planètes in French) is an upcoming 2017 French science fiction action film produced, written and directed by Luc Besson. The film is based on the French science fiction comics series Valérian and Laureline, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. It stars Dane DeHaan as Valérian and Cara Delevingne as Laureline. The film is scheduled for release on 21 July 2017 worldwide and on 26 July in France.[5][6]


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 inhabited by thousands of 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.


Delevingne, DeHaan and Luc Besson at the San Diego Comic-Con 2016 presentation of Valerian and the city of a Thousand Planets at Camp Conival



In 2012, it was announced that Luc Besson planned to make a movie for the big screen of the French comic series Valérian and Laureline, published in 1967, sold 10 million copies and translated into 21 languages. On 12 May 2015, Besson revealed in his very first tweet that he would write and direct Valerian film, while Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne would star.[8] DeHaan and Delevingne would play the titular roles, space and time-traveling agents from a futuristic Earth.[9] On 19 August 2015, Clive Owen signed on to play Commander Arün Filitt in the film.[10] This film marks the return of the director to space opera, twenty years after The Fifth Element, and confirms its appeal to the genre of science fiction, especially after Lucy's worldwide success in 2014. The budget of €197 million is by far the largest ever assembled for a French film. Asterix at the Olympic Games was the most expensive with a budget of €78 million, just ahead of Besson's The Fifth Element (€75 million).[11] By the end of August 2015, Besson said in a RTL radio interview that shooting the film in France was too expensive. Because it was shot in a foreign language (English), Besson was unable to benefit from tax credits despite preferring to produce it in France and create jobs for 1,200 crew members.[11][12] The criteria to obtain these tax credits were then adapted accordingly. In May 2015 it was announced Fundamental Films would invest US$50 million in the film.[13]


Principal photography on the film began on 5 January 2016 in the Cité du cinéma, in Saint-Denis, north of Paris.[14]


Valerian is scheduled to be released worldwide on 21 July 2017 by EuropaCorp before being released in France on 26 July 2017.[9] Lionsgate will handle the film's release in the United Kingdom and Ireland.[15]

The first teaser for Valerian was released on November 10, 2016.[16]


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  4. Fleming Jr., Mike. "Bart & Fleming: Hollywood Movie Malaise; Superheroes & Oliver Stone At Comic-Con; Roger Ailes Lessons At Fox". Retrieved 27 October 2016.
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  11. 1 2 "Luc Besson threatens to film 'Valerian' abroad over French tax credits". France 24. 26 August 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  12. Richford, Rhonda (14 September 2015). "Luc Besson's 'Valerian' to Shoot in France After Incentives Tweak (Report)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  13. Jaafar, Ali (May 18, 2015). "Fundamental & EuropaCorp Extend Output Deal For 5 More Years, Includes $50 Million Investment In 'Valerian'- Cannes". Retrieved October 2, 2016.
  14. Perry, Spencer (4 January 2016). "Cara Delevingne Photo from the Set of Valerian". Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  15. Alex Ritman (10 February 2016). "Lionsgate Takes Luc Besson's 'Valerian' for U.K.". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 10 February 2016.
  16. Taylor, Drew (8 November 2016). "The 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' Trailer Will Blow Your Mind". Moviefone. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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