There’s almost nothing that our “bad gal RiRi” aka Rihanna can’t do. Not only did she dominate the music charts with her songs, she also conquered the red carpet with her amazing sense of style.
Besson himself broke the news through his official Instagram account:
Like Besson himself, fans of Rihanna (including us) are super excited about Rihanna being cast in this film.
Further details about her role are kept under wraps, but judging from her acting in her latest music video for “B*tch Better Have My Money“, one can only imagine that she would play another a pretty badass villainous role. Since this is a sci-fi film, she might even be playing an alien too!
The chart-topping sensation had previously starred in a number of feature films, with her feature film debut being made in “Battleship”. However, her role was relatively role as compared to the other cast members. She later fleshed out her acting resume with a cameo in “This is the End” and “Annie”.
Earlier this year, she voice acted Tip, the lead role of animated adventure film “Home”. Thus, it still too early to pass our judgment on her ability as an actress and “Valerian” will give her a chance to show off her acting chops.
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” 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“.
Delevingne, whose recent filming credits include “Paper Towns” and “Pan“, will be seen next in “Suicide Squad” 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.
As for Rihanna, she is currently gearing up to release her highly anticipated 8th studio album, “Anti”.
“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” is due to be released on 21st July 2017.