April 10

When it comes to Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets, things are very secretive!

The MTV Movie Awards pre-show gave us a first glimpse at some of the biggest blockbusters coming our way, including Valerian!

Cara Delevingne said Ri is phenomenal and Dane DeHaan bigged up working with Rihanna on-set, saying that he had an amazing first two weeks on-set purely because of her. Watch:

In October 2015, director Luc Besson announced that Rihanna would star in the film and two months later, in Paris, Ri and Luc posed together for a photo. He wrote:

Rihanna blows me away.
She is a natural born actress….
Thank you RiRi for this wonderful week!

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.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline- visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

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.

More backstage photos after the jump.

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