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Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’ Veers Into Hawkesploitation

Ethan Hawke has always had an interesting career as an actor.  From leading man (or boy, depending how far back you go) roles to oddball character parts, he’s a versatile actor that has never anchored himself to any one genre across his career.  Lately he’s been popping up in a lot of interesting (though not always good…I’m looking at you, Getaway) genre films.  The Spierig Bros. Predestination, Scott Derrickson’s Sinister, and two upcoming westerns…Ti West’s In a Valley of Violence and Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake…all come to mind.  Now he adds another…

Hawke has joined the cast of Luc Besson’s upcoming space opera epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, an adaptation of a classic French comic (“Valerian & Laureline“).  The $180 million adaptation is slated to begin production next year, ahead of a July 21st, 2017 release.  The film revolves around Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), two “spatio-temporal agents who help defend an utopian 28th century Earth and its neighboring planets.”  Clive Owen and Rihanna also star.  Owen will be portraying source material character Commander Arün Filitt.  Rihanna’s and Hawke’s roles have not yet been disclosed.


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