Rihanna to star in new movie: Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets
This Wednesday (October 28), director Luc Besson announed via Instagram that Rihanna will join his next film: Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Luc wrote:
RIHANNA is in VALERIAN!!!!!
….and she has a big part!!
I’m Sooo excited!!!😊
Besson did not tip off what character Rihanna would play, but Dane DeHaan and Rihanna’s friend Cara Delavingne will play Valerian and Laureline in the adaptation of the original story, which centered on a pair of spatio-temporal agents who help defend a utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets from bad guys, with the pair’s adventures rooted in space opera and time travel themes. Clive Owen is also in the cast playing Commander Arün Filitt.
Valerian is Besson’s biggest career gamble: an $180 million-budget 3D interplanetary sci-fi epic that already is slotted for July 21, 2017 release through EuropaCorp’s RED. It’s based on the adventure comic book from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that Besson loved while growing up in Paris.
It is an adaptation of the iconic French sci-fi graphic novel series from writers Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières that first appeared in 1967.
Filming is expected to start in January 2016.