Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is making a special stop at NYCC 2016

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The sci-fi epic ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets’ will be making a special stop at New York Comic-Con this year, with a special presentation from filmmaker Luc Besson.

The film itself is a highly-anticipated adaptation of the acclaimed French comic book series, and NYCC attendees will get a sneak peek this weekend during exciting, interactive booth just inside the doors of the Javits Center’s North Concourse.

Attendees on Thursday, October 6 will have the rare opportunity to meet and procure an autograph from renowned filmmaker Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Lucy, The Professional), the director/writer of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, and award-winning illustrator Jean-Claude Mézières, the co-creator of the graphic novel upon which the film is based. Besson and Mézières will sign limited edition, numbered Valerian mini-posters Thursday at 11:00am and 2:00pm. Exclusive tickets for the two signings will be distributed Thursday at 10:30am at the Valerian booth.

The booth – will feature a fascinating array of early video footage displays, still images and one-of-a-kind props from Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets; an interactive photo booth; and a comic book store displaying multiple issues of the beloved French comic. The Valerian booth will be open during Con hours throughout the four-day weekend.

The film will release on July 21, 2017, it was written and directed by Luc Besson and stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Ethan Hawke, John Goodman, Herbie Hancock and Kris Wu.

Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline — visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga.

Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Valerian has more in mind than a professional relationship with his partner, blatantly chasing after her with propositions of romance. But his extensive history with women, and her traditional values, drive Laureline to continuously rebuff him.

Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe. Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.