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Director Luc Besson Is Using Instagram As A Production Diary

His sci-fi action film Valerian isn’t due until 2017, but the Fifth Element director is letting fans in via social media.

  • <p>The movie is based on the 1960s French comic book series "Valerian and Laureline"</p>
  • <p>Actress Pauline Houarau poses during filming.</p>
  • <p>Besson: "Last day at WETA. 20 monsters,80 cameras!!!!"</p>
  • <p>Stunt men prep some blue screen work.</p>
  • <p>Judging by all the grey suits, CGI plays a huge role in the film...</p>
  • <p>Actress and model Cara Delevingne, who plays Laureline, relaxes during filming.</p>
  • <p>Extreme alien close-up.</p>
  • <p>Models/actresses Pauline Houarau and Aymeline Valade pose in their CGI bodysuits.</p>
  • <p>Actor Dane DeHaan stars as Valerian.</p>
  • <p>On set with Besson.</p>
  • <p>Another look at one of the <em>Valerian</em> aliens.</p>
  • <p>Besson: "DAY 46. Alien flirting with human. No more racism in the 28th century!!!!"</p>
  • <p>Another look at the strange cast of characters that make up the film's universe.</p>
  • <p>You can't say Besson doesn't like bold colors.</p>
  • <p>A close up of the intricate makeup and costumes.</p>
  • <p>DeHaan, Delevingne, and Besson strike a pose.</p>
  • <p>More blue screen work...</p>
  • <p>Besson: "Laureline ready to kick asses!!!"</p>
  • <p>Delevingne checks out the film's progress.</p>
  • <p>The cast confers with Besson on the set.</p>
  • <p>The film features intergalactic delegates from all over Earth. Here are the representatives from India.</p>
  • <p>...and some Arabic delegates.</p>
  • <p>...and some more delegates, this time representing Ukraine.</p>
  • <p>Delevingne in character as Laureline.</p>
  • <p>French filmmaker Xavier Giannoli (and friend of Besson) has a part in the film...</p>
  • <p>More aliens...</p>
  • <p>Actors Kris Wu and Thalia Besson (yes, Luc's daughter).</p>
  • <p>Besson: "DAY 86. Valerian and Laureline in their spaceship the 'Intruder.' Have a good week-end!"</p>
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    The movie is based on the 1960s French comic book series "Valerian and Laureline"

  • 02 /28

    Actress Pauline Houarau poses during filming.

  • 03 /28

    Besson: "Last day at WETA. 20 monsters,80 cameras!!!!"

  • 04 /28

    Stunt men prep some blue screen work.

  • 05 /28

    Judging by all the grey suits, CGI plays a huge role in the film...

  • 06 /28

    Actress and model Cara Delevingne, who plays Laureline, relaxes during filming.

  • 07 /28

    Extreme alien close-up.

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    Models/actresses Pauline Houarau and Aymeline Valade pose in their CGI bodysuits.

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    Actor Dane DeHaan stars as Valerian.

  • 10 /28

    On set with Besson.

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    Another look at one of the Valerian aliens.

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    Besson: "DAY 46. Alien flirting with human. No more racism in the 28th century!!!!"

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    Another look at the strange cast of characters that make up the film's universe.

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    You can't say Besson doesn't like bold colors.

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    A close up of the intricate makeup and costumes.

  • 16 /28

    DeHaan, Delevingne, and Besson strike a pose.

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    More blue screen work...

  • 18 /28

    Besson: "Laureline ready to kick asses!!!"

  • 19 /28

    Delevingne checks out the film's progress.

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    The cast confers with Besson on the set.

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    The film features intergalactic delegates from all over Earth. Here are the representatives from India.

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    ...and some Arabic delegates.

  • 23 /28

    ...and some more delegates, this time representing Ukraine.

  • 24 /28

    Delevingne in character as Laureline.

  • 25 /28

    French filmmaker Xavier Giannoli (and friend of Besson) has a part in the film...

  • 26 /28

    More aliens...

  • 27 /28

    Actors Kris Wu and Thalia Besson (yes, Luc's daughter).

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    Besson: "DAY 86. Valerian and Laureline in their spaceship the 'Intruder.' Have a good week-end!"

WHAT: Instagrammed set pics and video from the 2017 film, Valerian.

WHO: The Fifth Element director Luc Besson.

WHY WE CARE: If you were able to look past its unaccountably dumb premise—woman is able to access 100% of her brain, rather than the 10% average of myth—the 2014 film, Lucy was quite fun. Besson is a gifted director of sci-fi action romps, with a flair for the oddly compelling visual. Happily, his next film has a more intriguing plotline, and the director is documenting apparently every step of filming on his Instagram account. In the film, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delivingne play intergalactic law enforcers tasked with looking after human territories, specifically in the bustling multi-species metropolis of Alpha. Clive Owen plays their boss! It may be too early to tell, but judging from set pics packed with sleek machinery and videos featuring cool camera moves, the wait until next summer will be worth the wait.

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