Numb your brain with Luc Besson’s Valerian trailer

The Skinny

The first trailer for Luc Besson's daft-looking Cara Delevingne vehicle Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets has just landed, and it's exactly what our post-US election brains need

French action-auteur Luc Besson is returning to big budget sci-fi with his adaptation of cult 60s comic Valerian and Laureline.

Model Cara Delevingne and Place Beyond the Pines actor Dane DeHaan star as time-travelling government agents trying to prevent the genocide of a galactic empire. The trailer is brash, kinetic, colourful, fun and doesn't make much sense – so very much like a Luc Besson movie – and it's just the tonic we need to forget for one minute and 56 seconds that we live in a world where Donald Trump is president-elect.

The cast includes Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna, whose performance Besson has been raving about: “Rihanna blows me away," the Lucy and Fifth Element director wrote on Twitter. "She is a natural born actress."

The film looks to have a distinct Jupiter Ascending flavour, and we mean this as a compliment. One thing we can expect from a director as idiosyncratic as Besson is that it'll be different than the current cycle of blockbusters we get from Marvel. "The big difference between this and the Marvel pattern is that with Marvel you know after five minutes who’s the villain," Besson told Entertainment Weekly during production. "They do films that are super well made, but this pattern bothered me a little bit. What’s new here is we have two agents, and over the course of one film it’s a police investigation. So you don’t know who’s exactly bad until the end, because it’s an investigation. That’s why I can’t talk too much. But it’s a real story. That’s what I love about it."

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is released 21 Jul 2017. Let us know what you think of the promo in the comments below.