Luc Besson reflects on long journey to make Valerian

9th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Luc Besson first read the Valerian and Laureline sci-fi comic series when he was a child.

Luc Besson

Luc Besson has reflected on the "long journey" required to make his film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The French filmmaker's latest project is based on the sci-fi comic series Valerian and Laureline, and sees Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne as the space-and-time-travelling agents.

Besson's movie has been in the works since 2012, but the director is thrilled that the concept is finally about to hit screens in 2017, especially as it features a strong female character.

"I'm exhausted, but I'm so happy. It's so different to what else is out there. I'm tired of seeing superheroes in tights. For me it's ridiculous, like Robin Hood or something," he told Empire magazine. "It's been a long journey with Valerian and there have been points where I've spent more time on (fictional metropolis) Alpha than in the real world."

Valerian and Laureline was first published in 1967 and sold over 10 million copies globally. Besson, 58, first discovered the comic series at the age of 10, and something about the narrative has continued to resonate with him throughout his career.

"It was the first time I saw a girl being the hero... And though they were set in space they were very human stories. Laureline and Valerian joke and have fun and argue," he said.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, and Rihanna, as well as the voice talents of John Goodman and Elizabeth Debicki.

And Besson celebrated the last day of shooting on the film by covering everyone with confetti after wrapping the final scene.

"Before I said cut, 500 kilos of confetti were dropped, with music and champagne. We were all crying. After six months, it was emotional," the director shared.

The movie hits theatres from the end of July (17).

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