Luc Besson loved turning RIhanna into a modern-day Cleopatra

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 3 August 2017


French movie-maker Luc Besson has revealed he relished turning Rihanna into Cleopatra for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'

Luc Besson relished turning Rihanna into Cleopatra for 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets'.

The acclaimed movie-maker teamed up with the chart-topping star for the new sci-fi adventure, in which she delivers lines from the William Shakespeare play 'Antony and Cleopatra', and Luc has admitted he loved the experience.

He shared: "For me that's the ultimate pleasure - Rihanna, the queen of music, as Cleopatra. It's the sort of mix I love.

"We can all listen to reggae music in Greenland while eating sushi. We are allowed to do whatever we like!"

Luc, 58, conceded his new movie represents something of a career risk for himself.

But the French filmmaker isn't afraid to take chances and has described making 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' as the realisation of a long-held ambition.

He told the Guardian newspaper: "My dreams are my dreams.

"I wanted to do 'Valerian' for the longest time. I wondered, 'Can I do it?' But once I get started, I'm like the English foxhound: I will never let go."

The sci-fi movie also stars model-turned-actress Cara Delevingne, who recently revealed she has an "amazing" friendship with Rihanna.

The British star loves how her close friendship with her 'Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets' co-star has developed since they met at a fashion show five years ago.

Cara also said she was also thrilled to work with Luc on the new movie.

She explained: "It's been amazing. We met at a fashion show and five years later we're doing a Luc Besson film.

"We all grew up watching his films so to be appearing in them as leading ladies is incredible."

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

  • 2 stars
  • 2017
  • France / US
  • 2h 17min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Luc Besson
  • Cast: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Rihanna, Kris Wu, John Goodman, Ethan Hawke, Rutger Hauer
  • UK release: 2 August 2017

Valerian (DeHaan) and Laureline (Delevingne) are space-station police officers who uncover a plot involving a near-extinct race of creatures. Besson puts all his stock in fancy 3D chases but fails to provide a decent villain; it’s all very eye-catching and has some amusing cameos but of the two leads, only Delevingne does…

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