Watch the new trailer for Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic ‘Valerian’

Based on a long-running series of French comics, Valerian is a sci-fi epic from director Luc BessonCara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan star as a pair of space/time agents with a mission to (you guessed it) save the universe. And judging by the new trailer, it’s going to be a psychedelic extravaganza of weird aliens and space battles.

This trailer is an explosion of colorful visual effects, as you’d hope from the filmmaker who brought us The Fifth Element. If you recognize some hints of Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy, there’s a good reason for that. The Valerian and Laureline comics were a big influence on Star Wars, and by extension, most sci-fi movies of the past 40 years.

And yes, that is Rihanna playing a shapeshifting alien near the end of the trailer.

Valerian is out on July 21.

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Gavia Baker-Whitelaw is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering geek culture and fandom. Specializing in sci-fi movies and superheroes, she also appears as a film and TV critic on BBC radio. Elsewhere, she co-hosts the pop culture podcast Overinvested. Follow her on Twitter: @Hello_Tailor