Luc Besson's Valerian film is now underway, with casting and everything!
Luc Besson is set to direct his first outer space adventure since 1997’s The Fifth Element. The prolific writer/director/producer has just announced his latest project, an adaptation of Valérian, the classic French sci-fi graphic novel series that’s been around since the ’60s. Besson has been teasing a film version since 2012, but finally made things official by joining Twitter and revealing the name, release schedule, and stars for the film.
Cara Delevingne was won her next major film role in a forthcoming science fiction epic directed by celebrated filmmaker Luc Besson.
The 22-year-old model will co-star in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – an adaptation of hugely popular French comic book series Valerian and Laureline – alongside American actor Dane DeHaan.
Cara has been cast as 11th century peasant girl Laureline alongside DeHaan, who takes the titular role of Valerian in the story about a time travelling agent and his female companion. Besson, whose previous film credits include futuristic 1997 blockbuster The Fifth Element, broke the news shortly after opening a Twitter account on Monday.
He wrote: ‘My first tweet ever! Let’s share a real news! My next film is a big sci-fi: #Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.’
The 56-year-old director later posted a shot of the film’s first logo and confirmed principal photography has been scheduled to begin in December.
His messages were promptly retweeted by Cara, who recently appeared in The Face Of An Angel - a gritty drama loosely based on the murder of British exchange student Meredith Kercher.
The catwalk model's transition from fashion darling to film star will be further boosted this summer with significant roles in new movies Paper Towns - an adaptation of the novel by John Green - and the hotly anticipated Suicide Squad.