Cara Delevigne, now a comic regular.
As you may already know, English model Cara Delevingne officially joined the cast of David Ayer’s upcoming DC Comics film “Suicide Squad“, in which she plays the character of Enchantress, a powerful but mentally unstable witch who has fought as a hero and a villain.
With “Suicide Squad” marking her debut comic book character role, the model-actress has now scored herself yet another comic book role as French filmmaker Luc Besson announced on his newly-created Twitter account that Delevingne and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” actor Dane DeHaan will star in his upcoming sci-fi movie, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets”.
The movie will be based on “Valerian and Laureline”, a popular French sci-fi comic series that was first published in Pilote magazine in 1967.
It follows the adventures of Valérian, a dark-haired spatiotemporal agent who travels the universe through space and time with his redheaded female companion, Laureline. All of the stories have been collected in a graphic novel album format, comprising of some 21 volumes plus a short story collection and an encyclopedia. With influences from the classic literary science fiction, writer Pierre Christin created the series with artist Jean-Claude Mézières.
Though the final installment of the comic series was published in 2010, it is one of the top 5 biggest-selling Franco-Belgian comic titles of its publisher, Dargaud. It also became a landmark in European comics and pop culture as traces of its concepts, storylines and designs can be found on popular sci-fi films such as “Star Wars“, “The Fifth Element”, and “Avatar“.
Besson, who is best known for his work on “Leon the Professional” and the “Taken” franchise, announced the news about the live-action film adaptation via his first official tweet. He then confirmed that Delevingne and DeHaan will play the travelling agents in the movie which will begin filming this December.
In a post on his official Facebook page (also newly created), Besson said that this movie is going to be the “biggest challenge” of his career as he is set to write, direct, and produce it.
I have around 800 days of work ahead of me, plenty of time to be discouraged or feel lonely, so I’m counting on your support. I will try to share my adventure with you as much as I can.
Check out the first official logo of the movie below:
— Luc Besson (@lucbesson) May 12, 2015
Delevingne will appear on the big screen this summer via “Paper Towns” while DeHaan will portray Hollywood icon James Dean in an upcoming drama film “Life” alongside Robert Pattinson. Both actors will next be seen together in “Tulip Fever”, a movie that also stars Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, and Jack O’Connell.
“Valerian” will be released on an unspecified date in 2017.