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Clive Owen Joins Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Actor Clive Owen has joined the cast of Luc Besson‘s return to epic science fiction filmmaking, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  An adaptation of the classic French comic series, “Valerian and Laureline“, which ran from 1967 to 2010 and was created by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mezieres.  Owen will be portrayed a character named Commander Arun Filitt, alongside Dane DeHaan as titular adventurer Valerian and the ever-in-demand Cara Delevingne as Laureline.  EuropaCorp plans to finance, produce, and distribute the film themselves.

Hot off the success of last year’s Scarlett Johansson-starring sci-fi actioner Lucy, Besson is pushing pedal to the metal on this large scale space opera.  Filming will begin next year and run for around 6 months, after which the French auteur will take his time in post-production ahead of a Summer 2017 release.  The budget for this sci-fi space adventure is set at $180 million, no small amount to be spending on what would be labelled over here as a relatively unknown intellectual property.

The last time Besson bet big on sci-fi, we were given the masterpiece that is The Fifth Element, so Villain Smash will definitely be keeping its eyes fixed on this project.  Especially given that, according to the filmmaker’s own comments on the project, there will only be five human characters in the entire film.  The rest of the characters will be otherworldly creatures, hence the large budget.  If you’re going to cash in your chips from a financial win like Lucy, you might as well spend them on something crazy and fun.

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