The full title of this Luc Besson film is Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets, but viewers probably won't get stuck on that. They'll get stuck on the fact it's also that movie in which Rihanna plays a sexy alien stripper and Cara Delevingne runs around kicking alien ass and looking great while doing it.
The other thing the trailers have made incredibly clear about Valerian: It doesn't look like many other movies. There's definitely a lot of Besson's own The Fifth Element and maybe some Blade Runner and Star Wars, but this is clearly a science fiction film for the era of VR and HD first-person video games (one sequence in this trailer proves that).
Valerian's synopsis says the movie is about the title character (Dane DeHaan) and his partner, Delevingne's Laureline. They "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."
Things get serious for the partners, of course:
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.
There are aliens of all kinds and some incredible action sequences along the way.
Valerian looks like it has the makings of a summer sci-fi classic, and Besson probably hopes so, since it took 20 years to get the film off the ground.
Look for Valerian in theaters on July 21, 2017.