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The first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian promises a dazzling space opera romp

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teaser trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has arrived, and it looks as though it’ll be 2017’s most amazing-looking thrill ride through space.

Based on a series of French graphic novels Valérian and Laureline, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is the latest film from Luc Besson, who’s best known for The Fifth Element and Lucy. The film will follow Valerian and Laureline, a pair of government operatives who are sent to the city of Alpha on a mission that will help save the human race.

Set to the Beatles’ "Because," we’re treated to a montage of busy and fantastic scenes. There’s spaceships approaching bustling cities, flying robots etching walls with lasers, amazing-looking aliens, and some great looking moments as the two characters escape from danger all around. It’s an eye-bursting trailer, and it looks absolutely incredible. Let's hope the film is just as good.

It certainly looks as though this is a movie that Fifth Element fans will really love, and the visuals recall other spectacular-looking films like James Cameron’s Avatar and The Wachowskis siblings’ Jupiter Ascending.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will hit theaters on July 21st, 2017.