Before George Lucas released Star Wars (in 1977), which became a global phenomenon, the European public (especially France), in fact, already knew other space opera stories. The title is Valerian and Laureline. Which is a science fiction story by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Which was published in comic form in 1967 ago.
This year, it’s been exactly half a century since Valerian and Laureline was released for the first time. To date, the comic has sold more than 10 million copies. And translated into 21 different languages. With millions of fans around the world.
One of the fans of the Valerian and Laureline comics is Luc Besson. That’s what then triggered the legendary French director to adapt it into a feature film. The title is Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Which just started showing in Cinema XXI cinemas on Tuesday (1/8).
In accordance with the comic version of Valerian and Laureline, the film version is set in the 28th century. The main characters are Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne). Both are space-and-time-traveling agents from Earth. Who served on a space station. The one named Alpha. Inhabited by various creatures from thousands of planets in the universe.
Once upon a time, it was told, Valerian and Laureline got a mission to retrieve a rare creature with superpowers from Planet Mul. The so-called “converter”. However, the problem is, apart from the two of them, there are also many parties who are targeting the creatures that are traded on the black market.
If the converter falls into the wrong hands, it can be very dangerous. In fact, it can destroy Alpha. A metropolis that houses millions of species from thousands of planets in the universe. Can Valerian and Laureline complete their mission and save Alpha?
Btw, in the comic version, Laureline is described as a tough fighting girl. Which is very independent and powerful. Which is different from Valerian. Which tends to be arbitrary and witty.
Oh yes. Actually, Valerian has a big crush on Laureline. However, Laureline always refused his love. Because he thinks Valerian is a playboy. Who likes to play with women.
Cara Delevingne herself is willing to exercise for months to shape her body. To fit Laureline’s posture. That athletic one. According to him, the character he played this time was very cool. And can balance the role of Valerian as the main character.
When interviewed, director Luc Besson felt that it was the right choice for Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as Valerian and Laureline. He deliberately paired two players with a big enough passion. And, according to him, they both do well.
In addition to the two young stars earlier, this Valerian film is also strengthened by Rihanna. The singer of the song “Hate That I Love You” became a alien. The one named Bubbles. Who works as an erotic dancer.
Luc Besson deliberately wanted to show the character Bubble, who is the cabaret player, who could be the imagination of every man. Sort of like Marilyn Monroe, but an African version. With attractive exotic skin.