‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ features Comic-Con’s nuttiest foreigners yet

January 10, 2018

SAN DIEGO Seeing new and original things at Comic-Con are growing increasingly rare. With Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets Luc Besson’s sprawling sci-fi passion project that’s precisely a year from release it’s all new.

And it seems interesting, expensive and perhaps spectacular.

Set deep into the 2300 s, Valerian is a weird, alien-infested space epic based on Valrian and Laureline, a French comic book series created in 1967 that follows a pair of government special spies in space. Most of the film takes place on Alpha, a clustered community of thousands of species living in relative harmony.

Or so it seems.

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Aside from a teaser and a few photos , no one has seen what The Fifth Element and Lucy director has been at work on as of late. After some introductions including concept art from Alpha the moment Hall H was waiting for arrived: the first extensive footage anyone has seen from Besson’s big-budget gamble.

Despite that shooting wrap just five weeks ago, with months of postproduction work to go, they unspooled seven minutes.

The footage played big in Hall H, and included πŸ˜› TAGEND

Valerian( Dane DeHaan) negotiating a metal hallway in his powerful exoskeletal suit.

Laureline( Cara Delevingne) overwhelming two guards who had arrested her, then tackling a trio of aliens.

Valerian and Laureline landing their ship and then emerging garmented as tourists.

A sprawling city scene that leads us into a cantina populated by bizarre aliens and humen, too.

Ethan Hawke, a space pimp of sorts, resulting Valerian into a room with Rihanna.

A bulky vehicle racing across a desert( believe Fury Road) with a giant Pokmon-looking monster chasing after them.

Valerian and Laureline, still in their tourist “disguises, ” returning from their mission being chased by a small army of aliens.

A montage of ogres, foreigners, landscapes and action snippets.

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