Last May, we told you about the exciting news of the upcoming sci-fi movie/space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Today, director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy) spoke with IMDB on Facebook Live about the movie and debuted the movie’s first trailer. We have to say that it looks incredible. Tons of different species, beautiful colors, and multiple locations are what science fiction action movies should be about.
You know what’s cool about that trailer, besides everything? That it’s the first time a Beatles song (“Beautiful”) has ever been legally used for a movie trailer. It’s also the last time you’ll see any of those scenes before the release of the movie since Luc Besson plans on using different scenes for all of his new trailers.
Honestly, it has been far too long since the making of a quality, original space opera. People have tried (Jupiter Ascending, anyone?) but overall it’s pretty hard to do it right. So in case you’re wondering what’s actually going on in the teaser trailer that you saw above, check out the plot from Wikipedia:
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 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.
There are definitely a lot of… elements we can see being passed on from the Fifth Element, but that’s a really good thing. That movie did an excellent job of portraying a universe shared by thousands of different species. For example, these guys that look like something that should be in a sci-fi movie.