Luc Besson is heading back to Comic-Con with Valerian but unlike last year, the Lucy director is showing a lot more than sneak peek sketches and has a much bigger stage. With stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne in tow, EuropaCorp founder will be taking to the high profile and cavernous Hall H to show exclusive footage from the upcoming sc-fi epic. As any attendee of the fanboy and fangirl confab knows, a Hall H appearance means you are in the mega-leagues.
The Valerian panel is set for SDCC 2016’ opening day of July 21 at 1PM in the much desired multi-thousand seater hall. Having skipped CineEurope to have an SDCC exclusive, this presentation comes exactly one year to the day before the $180 million 3D epic is released on July 21, 2017. Valerian is based on the 1967 French graphic novel series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Less than 2-weeks ago, the director shared this via twitter:
— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) June 19, 2016
On the scale of Besson’s 1997 pic The Fifth Element, Valerian sees DeHaan and Delevingne will play Valerian and Laureline in an adaptation of the original story. With time travel themes galore, the comic focused on a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets. The film also stars Clive Owen , Rihanna, and Ethan Hawke.
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