Science fiction movies are back on the upswing and thank the gods, because we can all use a breathtaking escape. And in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, oh, what a wonderful trip Luc Besson has prepared for us! The Fifth Element is one of my visual favorites, and its personal spaceship travel and chase scenes haunt my brain to this day, so I’m especially thrilled to see what look like next level Element shots. Based on Pierre Christin’s graphic novel Valérian and Laureline, Besson’s latest stars Cara Delevingne as Laureline and Dane DeHaan as Valerian, government agents on a mission to save humanity (we could also use that). Set to The Beatles’ gorgeous Because, this first trailer is a glorious sensory feast.
Valerian also stars Clive Owen, John Goodman, Kris Wu, Ethan Hawke, Sam Spruell and Rihanna. Shot by Element‘s Thierry Arbogast, the film is scored by Alexandre Desplat (The Queen, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and hits theaters next July.