Read on to see why Luc Besson went with with Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne…
Luc Besson‘s $180 million Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets has been titled the biggest budget European independent production of all time. The film is inspired by the graphic-novel series Valérian and Laureline will be released in 140 territories over a three-week period. Valerian will kick off in China on July 21, where it will be released on 9,000 screens.
Things are different these days when making a movie, big names are NOT always box office gold. Besson makes a valid point about today’s movies:
“Films of late where they cast big names and it doesn’t stop a film from being a flop. A big name is no longer an insurance policy.”
“My thinking was also simply, “Let’s take the best people for the roles.” I saw a lot of people and Dane is the best person to play Valerian and Cara is the best girl for Laureline. And you know what, they’re 25 years old. [A large proportion] of today’s cinema audience around the world is aged between eight and 18 years old, so let’s have some actors who speak to them.”
“Dane is a genius. He is probably the new Leonardo DiCaprio. Cara was the newcomer.”
“Cara was the newcomer. I think she will be the big surprise of the film. You will see how she is just amazing. There is also something else: Cara has 20 million people following her. Delevingne has 8.8 million followers on Twitter…It’s different today.”
He further explains why he went with Cara for the role off Laureline:
“No, not at all. When I hired Cara, people were asking whether she could act. She’d had a couple of small parts in films but not everyone was convinced. I sort of love the fact that put her in my hands, and you’ll see what she can do.”
Then, there is Rihanna, why her? Luc explains that her drive is what got him to say yes, Rihanna would be great for this part. But this part will proof if Rihanna has what it takes. We know she’s 1000 times better than Beyonce on screen, but this movie will be the test.
“I met her a few times and she honestly wants to act, and I say “honestly” because the word is important. We talked and I felt she could give something. The part is not easy. You will see. She has to act. It’s a real part.”
We are looking forward to Valerian, and for Luc Besson’s sake we hope it breaks records as a mega hit this summer. #CrossingFingers