Rihanna Joins Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne in ‘Valerian’

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Rihanna has joined the cast of Luc Besson’s epic “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” the director announced Wednesday.

Her role isn’t specified, but Besson, the filmmaker behind “Lucy” and “The Professional,” made the announcement on his Instagram account and teased that the part was a big one.

She joins a cast that includes Dane DeHaan (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”), Clive Owen (“Closer”) and Cara Delevingne (“Paper Towns”). Filming begins in France next January and the movie is expected to hit theaters on July 21, 2017.

Produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp, “Valerian” adapts Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres’ graphic novel and unfolds in the 28th century when humanity discovered time travel. The big-budget project has tapped three elite visual effects firms to help realize Besson’s vision of the future — Weta Digital, Industrial Light & Magic and Rodeo FX.

Although best known for creating infectious pop songs, Rihanna recently starred in “Battleship” and lent her voice to “Home.”

The shooting will take place in France, at Besson’s mega-studio housed at the Cite du Cinema in Saint-Denis, on the outskirts of Paris.

Besson initially considered lensing in Bucharest because French movies shot in English like “Valerian” were not eligible for Gauls tax rebate schemes for local and international productions. But the influential filmmaker broke grounds by getting the French government to draft a bill – now coined the Valerian amendement — allowing French pics made in English to access the 30% tax rebate.

Besson’s latest film, “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson, grossed $126 million in the U.S. and $458 million worldwide.

Elsa Keslassy contributed to this report.

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  1. It really does seem like that, but we may never know for sure. (I can see you thinking to write, “that’s why we’re discussing it, but I wanted to say it anyway.) I remember seeing on the 700 club about a model who quit (modeling) for the same reason: it started to make her uncomfortable how often she had to pose in a sexual or suggestive way. As the reporter said, “Luckily, she has her acting career to fall back on,” so she’ll just be fine. I really like how honest she appears to be in interviews and how she defended herself when someone/some magazine (I forget who) said her bisexuality was just a phase. Because even though I’m not gay myself, I’ve had gay friends who also have had to defend themselves that their sexual orientation is really who they are… I hope all goes well for her. :-x
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  2. bae says:

    VALERIAN! :D yeahhhh!

  3. Carl says:

    Singers & Models acting… smh you would think these casting agents ran out of real actors to hire. I can’t support any movie with a cast like that.

    • bae says:

      What are you talking about?! The cast is great. Like anyone in any industry, all actors start somewhere, whether it be singing (re: above) or writing (e.g. Matt Damon or Sylvester Stallone) or working at Bubba Gump (e.g. Chris Pratt). Remember Jennifer Lawrence started as a model and she’s one of the best new actresses of our time! It’s all about if you got the talent. I don’t. And that’s why I work on the business side of things. No need to be a hater Carl boy :)

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