Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, directed by Luc Besson and starring Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna, will premiere on 21 July 2017 in the US. The movie is based on the acclaimed and groundbreaking Valerian and Laureline comics series created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres published between 1967 and 2010. A fan of the comics since he was 10, Luc Besson hired Mezieres as a concept artist on his Bruce Willis, Mila Jovovich and Gary Oldman starring space opera The Fifth Element, which made $264 million at the box office in 1997. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets continues Luc Besson's sci-fi movies series, following the $463 million box office success of his 2014 Scarlett Johansson starring Lucy.
Mark Salisbury is the former editor of Britain's topselling movie magazine. Empire, and author of a number of movie books, including Prometheus: The Art of the Film and Burton on Burton.
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