Luc Besson Confirms ‘Valerian’ Won’t Screen at Cannes


Paris-born Luc Besson won’t be bringing “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” to Cannes. In fact, he said it was never part of the plan, despite early rumors to the contrary.

The director told The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, the following:

I’m finishing the film end of May, beginning of June. We never even thought about Cannes, because we’re releasing in July. I opened Cannes with The Fifth Element, but usually when you do that you open right after, the day after, and May to July is way too far. Even if we were ready we wouldn’t go.

In the film, which is set in the 28th century, Cara Delevingne (“Suicide Squad“) and Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2“) are two spatio-temporal agents who travel through time and space to protect humankind. Throughout their journeys, the duo conduct various missions such as space rescues, interplanetary exploration, diplomacy and galactic alien negotiations. The pair must only follow one rule: do not change the course of history.

In the first look provided via Besson’s Instagram account, Delevingne and DeHaan can be seen in their blue bodysuits, with Besson cheekily behind them.

The film, which has a massive budget of $180 million, filmed at Besson’s Cité du Cinéma studios near Paris. Besson adapted the screenplay based on Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin’s beloved French sci-fi comics, “Valérian and Laureline.”

Besson is known for his critically acclaimed films “Léon: The Professional” and “The Messenger: The Story of the Joan of Arc.” He is also known for 1997’s “The Fifth Element” and 2014’s “Lucy” starring Scarlett Johansson.

Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu are also starring in the film.

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is due out on July 21.

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