‘Lucy’ director Luc Besson drafts Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne for sci-fi ‘Valerian’

May 12, 2015 | 12:04 p.m.
Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan will star together in 'Valerian.' (Left: Justin Lane / EPA; right: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan will star together in ‘Valerian.’ (Left: Justin Lane / European Pressphoto Agency; right: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

“Lucy” and “The Fifth Element” director Luc Besson is returning to live-action sci-fi, and he’s bringing two rising stars with him.

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will suit up as the leads in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” based on Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ comic “Valerian and Laureline,” first published in France in 1967. The titular heroes are special agents able to manipulate space-time.

The characters had many adventures together in the comic, with the final installment published in 2010, so it’s not out of the realm of possibility that Besson is aiming to launch a new film franchise.

The French filmmaker announced the news on Twitter, starting with his first tweet since joining the social network:

Subsequent tweets revealed the film’s stars, and logo (below).

DeHaan’s breakthrough role was in 2012’s found footage superhero saga “Chronicle,” but he may be best-known for playing Harry Osborn in 2014’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” He’ll soon be seen as screen icon James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s upcoming “Life.”

Delevingne is a model-actress who made her film debut in 2012’s “Anna Karenina,” and will soon be seen as the star of the upcoming YA adaptation “Paper Towns,” and as Enchantress in the DC Comics superhero film “Suicide Squad.”

Besson recently scored a box office hit with 2014’s “Lucy,” starring “Avengers: Age of Ultron” actress Scarlett Johansson.

As his tweets state, Besson is planning to start shooting “Valerian” in December, with an aim to be in theaters at some point in 2017.

— Dave Lewis

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