Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets stars Dane DeHaan as the titular Valerian, and Cara Delevingne as his partner, Laureline, who are tasked with saving Alpha — the aforementioned City of a Thousand Planets, an intergalactic melting pot of a metropolis — from a dark threat that could endanger both the city and the entire universe. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the film itself just looks incredible, with fantastic vistas and what look like some truly impressive action set pieces.
Director Luc Besson also seems to be taking the “thousand planets” part of his title seriously, with the new footage showing off a wide array of environments and enough alien creatures to put franchises like Star Trek or Star Wars to shame.
The film itself is actually an adaptation of the French graphic novels Valérian and Laureline, which Besson has been working for years to get on-screen. We’ll know if his efforts paid off soon — Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21st.