Luc Besson and Dane DeHaan Talk ‘VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS’
Following the first release of the teaser trailer for Luc Besson’s VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS, Comingsoon managed to talk to Besson and star Dane DeHaan about the highly anticipated film.
“You have the big story, which is the 28th century with aliens everywhere, a crazy story. Then you have the little story about this guy and this girl. He desperately wants to get the girl, and the girl is very old fashioned. She says, ‘I will have one man, he will be the father of my kids and that’s it. The rest… not interested!’ It’s the story of the life of everyone. Is the guy gonna get the girl? You can be in space, you can be in the 12th century, in England, in India, wherever. I love the little story too, and it’s the mix of the two that makes it very unique. Everybody can relate, ’cause even if someone doesn’t explicitly like sci-fi, at least it’s funny, and if you like them you want to know whether they get together or not. It’s a very old-fashioned story and a very eccentric, hyper space story.”
DeHaan also spoke about exciting it was about the film’s unique look and feel, which was achieved without an American studio financing.
“We wanted it to have a lightness to it, for sure, and for it to be completely entertaining. We’re not going for the dark, gritty version of VALERIAN, but that’s Luc’s aesthetic. I think it has an aesthetic of its own that only Luc could achieve, and that would be difficult to achieve within an American studio system. There’s just something so unique and singular about Luc’s voice and that could only be done given these circumstances. It was cool for me too! It was fun to just be the hero! Valerian is a lot less complicated than some of the characters I’ve played in the past. I think that’s why this was the most fun I’ve had making a movie.”
And of course, is Besson already thinking about a sequel?
“I’m writing already. I like to be ready in case it’s working. If it doesn’t work you’re always ready… there’s nothing to prep. (laughs) But if we’re lucky and people like the film, then I would love to do a second one for sure. I love the characters. They are fun together.”
Based on the classic European graphic novel series “Valerian and Laureline” (specifically the sixth book, “Ambassador of the Shadows”), Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planet stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as the title characters, special operatives for the government of the human territories and charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with proportions of romance. But his extensive history for 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 comprised of thousands of different 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.
Written and directed by Besson, and produced by Besson-Silla. Also starring Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21, 2017.