This Valerian Clip Shows What's Possible When 3000 Alien Species Live Together

Valerian and Laureline enter Alpha in Valerian. Image: STX
Valerian and Laureline enter Alpha in Valerian. Image: STX

Though it’s easier to simply call Luc Besson’s new movie “Valerian,” that’s not the full title. The full title is “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” and a new clip from the film explains the title in detail.


This clip features Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) landing on that titular city of a thousand planets. It’s called Alpha, and it’s the result of thousand of planets combining over thousands of years and traveling hundreds of millions of miles. Check it out.

That is a beautiful scene. It’s also chocked full of a lot of interesting information that’s useful to later events in the film. But we won’t spoil that just yet.


One thing you may be wondering after watch the clip is, “How they hell did Alpha get created?” Well, the very first scene of Valerian answers that question in stunningly beautiful fashion. And while it’s not online, it will be screening later this week in front of select showings of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The theaters showing it are “AMC (in Dolby Cinema), B&B Theaters (in Grand Screen Large Format), Cinemark (in Cinemark XD and RealD 3D), Emagine Entertainment (EMAX Large Format), Harkins Theaters (Ciné Capri Large Format and Ciné 1 Large Format), along with select regional circuits nationwide.”

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets opens July 21.

Entertainment Reporter for io9/Gizmodo

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Over 3236 species but only a population of 30 million? In comparison New York City itself is close to 9 million, and the United States is about 300 Million. Each species would only have a measly 10 thousand residents, about a tenth of San Francisco. Seems a bit low?