Next summer an epic sci-fi film based on the classic French comic series Valérian and Laureline is set to be released, and there’s been a lot of illustration and design work relating to the film emerging already. 

Luc Besson is both the director and screenwriter of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. He directed cult classic The Fifth Element - which has a similar visual tone to Valerian - and last year's hit Lucy. Valerian claims to have the largest budget of any European-produced film, and is expected to be released next July. Check out the trailer above or here

It’s based on the comics written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mezieres, first published in 1967 and the final instalment published in 2010.

The narrative follows adventures of Valerian (played by Dane deHaan), a spatio-temporal agent aka classical hero, and his intelligent and beautiful colleague Laureline (played by Cara Delevingne) as they travel the universe through the intergalactic citadel of Alpha (the universe). Rihanna even makes an appearance in the film version.

The comic series is considered a landmark in European comics and pop culture. Here’s a selection of some of the emerging illustration and hype around the film, including a blog on life in 2740, concept art from the film itself and even a spaceship designed by Lexus.

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