Newswire: Clive Owen to kill some dudes in Luc Besson’s Valerian

Clive Owen is setting down his surgical tools and getting back to the honest work of killing lots and lots of mostly faceless mooks. The star of Shoot ‘Em Up and The Knick has signed on to play a leading role in Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, Luc Besson’s latest attempt to mash the disparate movie genres of “Oh God, that was stupid,” and “Oh God, that was awesome” into a single glorious film.

Besson’s follow-up to Lucy, his 2014 ode to the human brain and its ability to cope with really dumb exposition in the service of seeing Scarlett Johansson melt a dude with her mind, Valerian is based on a French science-fiction comic first published in 1967. The books, created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières, pretty much sound like the recipe you’d follow to bake up a modern-day Luc Besson: galaxy-spanning …

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