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With his action-thriller Lucy having smashed all expectations, earning in excess of $450 million last year, Luc Besson is oiling the wheels on his next directorial project.
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne have been lined up to take the leads in his big-screen adaptation of the science fiction novel Valerian. Besson broke the news Tuesday via Twitter in his first ever tweet.
Valerian will see the French filmmaker write and direct the film, with his wife, Virginie Besson Silla, producing for Besson’s EuropaCorp banner, which will finance, produce and distribute.
DeHaan is set to play the titular character, a space and time-traveling agent from a futuristic Earth, with Delevingne starring as his red-haired companion, Laureline. Production is set to begin at the end of this year, with a global release slated for summer 2017.
Created in 1967 by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres, Valerian has sold more than 10 million copies in 21 languages.
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Sterling K. Brown