The second trailer for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets just hit the Internet to great sci-fi fanfare, and with good reason. Director Luc Besson's dazzling interstellar epic is over two decades in the making.
The mind-bending new trailer introduces us to the titular "city," which interconnects countless alien planets.
This network allows alien species to exchange ideas, creating a peaceful and flourishing world that Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and his sidekick Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are entrusted with defending at all costs.
The scale of the CGI technology needed to create this detailed universe and its alien species, on full view in the trailer, means that Besson (The Fifth Element, La Femme Nikita) needed to wait until movie technology had evolved enough for him to produce his dream film.
As he told Business Insider, the film is based on the popular French comic series Valérian and Laureline, which he adored as a kid.
"When I did The Fifth Element I hired the designer from Valerian and I worked with him for six months and he said, 'Why are you doing this stupid Fifth Element movie? When are you going to do Valerian?' And I said I like it but you can't do it, it's impossible," Besson recalled.
"Then Avatar was made and then everything is possible."
See the flashy sci-fi spectacle in all it's glory on July 21, when Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters.
From the looks of the latest trailer, it might actually be worth catching on the big screen.