Starring Dane DeHaan and a (stunning) Cara DeLevingne, this is poised to be (one of) the big fantastic event movies for 2017. Directed and written by the legendary Luc Besson, this is based on an influential graphic novel whose look has influenced not just Star Wars but Besson’s own The Fifth Element film.
It is not surprising that this has already been previously adapted for the small screen, in a French-Japanese co-production:
…complete with a Daft Punk-esque opening theme befitting its anime aesthetic.
Based on the synopsis provided by TVTropes:
Valérian (later Valérian et Laureline) is a French-Belgian comic book series by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin published from 1967 to 2010..
In the 28th century, Earth is the center of a powerful galactic empire, governed along technocratic lines from its capital Galaxity. The basis of Earth’s power and civilization is its mastery of Time Travel, which makes both instantaneous travel and control of history possible. An elite corps of time travel agents has been created so as to maintain order throughout time and space, and Valérian is one of its members.
After a trip to the Middle Ages to capture a Mad Scientist who was attempting to alter human history, he met a local girl named Laureline and hired her as his fellow agent.
As a matter of fact, series co-creator Mézières was eventually drafted by Besson to design certain key decor and mecha for The Fifth Element.
The cast also includes John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Clive Owen and Rihanna (I guess RiRi would be playing an arse-kicking alien…hehehe)