The first trailer for Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (boy that’s a wordy title) has finally been released and god damn does this movie look awesome.

Check it out:

I love almost everything about this. Valerian looks weird and unique, like the proper Fifth Element follow-up we’ve been waiting for. The effects look fantastic, the aliens all look visually interesting, and everything is so damn colorful. The trailer is light on dialogue and plot, but it more than makes up for it in tone and atmosphere.

Valerian looks like the type of science-fiction movie that doesn’t get made anymore, almost like a classic pulpy space adventure serial a la Flash Gordon. The trailer feels very French, and I kind of love it for that.

My one reservation for the film is the casting of Cara Delevingne, who was with Jared Leto as the most dreadful part of Suicide Squad. I’m not too familiar with her work outside of her role as a belly dancing witch, but that performance left much to be desired. On the other hand, she has Dane DeHaan starring alongside her, and there’s no such thing as too much Dane DeHaan. Hopefully, he is able to do all the heavy lifting acting-wise.

So we know the film looks beautiful, now what the hell is this thing about? Well, this lengthy synopsis has an answer for that very question:

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline– visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner- blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.

Huh. Well, I’m totally on into this. This is exactly the type of weird and nerdy shit that I love. Everything looks great so far. Looks like I’ll be marking Valerian’s July 21st release date on my calendar.

Are you guys liking what you’re seeing? Sound off in the comments below.

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