Lionsgate Takes Luc Besson's 'Valerian' for U.K.

'Valerian' is based on the graphic novels by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and writer Pierre Christin.
Jean-Claude Mézières/Dargaud

The $180 million graphic novel adaptation stars Dane Dehaan and Cara Delevingne.

Lionsgate UK has swooped on Luc Besson's big-budget sci-fi epic Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets for the U.K. market.

First announced in Cannes last year, the $180 million film is based on the comic series created by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres and writer Pierre Christin and stars Dane Dehaan as a time-traveling cop with Cara Delevingne as his companion. The eclectic cast also includes Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

Likened to Besson's 1997 hit The Fifth Element, Valerian started production in Paris in January.

"We are thrilled to add such a unique and exciting project to our 2017 slate," said Lionsgate UK CEO Zygi Kamasa. "Luc is a one-of-a-kind filmmaker and has a visionary way to bring stories to life, so we can’t wait to see how he brings Valerian to life for cinemagoers.”

Virginie Besson-Silla is producing the film on behalf of EuropaCorp, while Fundamental Films, alongside BNP Paribas, Orange, Universum Film, Gulf Film, River Road Entertainment, Belga Films and TF1 Films Production are the main co-financiers of the movie.

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