Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is an English French science-fiction action-adventure film written and directed by Luc Besson. The movie is based on the French science-fiction comic series Valerian and Laureline written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières. The film stars supermodel and actor Cara Delevingne as Sergeant Laureline and Dane DeHaan as Major Valerian.
Today, we bring you some exciting movie trivia we bet you didn’t know before! Read on and be surprised:
Being the intergalactic tale it is, the movie has over 200 different alien species, which Luc Besson has described in detail in a 600 page book. The actors had to read through the entire book prior to filming the movie in order to get an understanding of the species they are interacting with.
While the French sci-fi comics series is very popular in the region, Valerian the movie’s release in 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the comics edition.
A Whopping Investment
With a final production budget of EUR 197.47 million, around $210 million in United States currency, the film is officially the most expensive ever made in France, significantly exceeding the budget of the previous record holder, Asterix at the Olympic Games (2008), which cost EUR 102 million ($113 million). Twenty years earlier, director Luc Besson made The Fifth Element (1997), which was the most expensive French movie at the time with a budget of EUR 90 million ($100 million).
There are around 2734 special effect shots in Valerian compared to Luc Besson previous movie The Fifth Element (1997), which had only 188.
The Surpise Element
Just when we thought that the over-the-top director was done with all the tricks up his sleeve, he dropped a massive bomb any of us could get over. The bad girl RiRi aka Rihanna will be seen playing a cameo in the movie.
Who isn’t a fan of The Beatles including Luc Besson. The two first trailers of Valerian have “Because” by the Beatles as the background score. It is the very first time a film director could obtain the rights for using a Beatles song in a movie advertisement. The permission to use the same was granted by none other than the legend himself, Paul McCartney.
The main storyline is loosely based on Ambassador of the Shadows, the sixth album in the comic book series. This was also the first Valerian story to be translated in English.