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Besson hopes 'Valerian' is a remedy for your sequel fatigue

Associated Press logo Associated Press 7/18/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
In this July 17, 2017 photo, producer Virginie Besson Silla and director Luc Besson arrive at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press In this July 17, 2017 photo, producer Virginie Besson Silla and director Luc Besson arrive at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Director Luc Besson says he thinks audiences are getting tired of superhero movies and sequels. The French director of "The Fifth Element" and "Lucy" hopes that his latest offering, "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," will be a reprieve from the fatigue.

Director Luc Besson arrives at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Director Luc Besson arrives at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The film is based on the French comic series, "Valerian and Laureline," about two 28th century intergalactic space cops.

Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan arrive at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan arrive at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

The $180 million film adaptation stars Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne and features a scene-stealing supporting performance by Rihanna.

Rihanna arrives at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Rihanna arrives at the LA Premiere of "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets" at the TCL Chinese Theatre on Monday, July 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

"Valerian" opens wide in North American theaters on Friday.

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