The press department for “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” Luc Besson’s film adaptation of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières’ widely influential French-language comics series, have certainly been busy.
Not content to craft just one poster for the film’s impending release, the studio has shared some of the rich variety of creatures that inhabit the film’s many worlds with a series of character posters.
Of course, the central heroes Valerian and Laureline themselves also feature, but they appear positively plain compared to Bubble, the character played by the pop star Rihanna.
Debuting in France in 1967, the “Valerian and Laureline” comic strips eventually stretched to a 21 volume series of graphic albums. They follow the adventures of the two titular spatio-temporal agents, Valerian and Laureline, who traverse the universe through space and time, protecting the planets of the Terran Empire from temporal paradoxes created by rogue time travelers.
Despite influencing generations of artists, writers and filmmakers across the world, including Luc Besson, who drew heavily upon the “Valerian and Laureline” books for his previous sci-fi movie “The Fifth Element,” the strips are less well-known outside of the Francophone comics reading world, although that may well change in the near future as a 32-page free preview comic of “Valerian and Laureline: Ambassador of the Shadows,” is set to be released on Free Comic Book Day 2017.
Directed by Luc Besson, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu. The film opens July 21, 2017.