'Valerian' Poster Includes a Possible 'Fifth Element' Shout-Out

Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 4:14PM
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Sunday, 30 April 2017 - 4:14PM
'Valerian' Poster Includes a Possible 'Fifth Element' Shout-Out
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As Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets comes closer to its July 2017 release, it continues to look like one of the weirder sci-fi movies of late. In a good way, of course, because Luc Besson's new space opera also looks like a lot of fun.

The movie's latest poster packs a lot into a blue V shape, with the heads of French comic book heroes Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) front and center. Also floating around are supporting cast members Rihanna (who plays a shapeshifting performer named Bubble), Clive Owen as a grumpy-looking commander, and several odd aliens, robots, and spaceships. Another giant alien head fills up some white space.

But most interesting of all seems to be a reference to Besson's previous movie, his cult favorite The Fifth Element. See if you can find the easter egg in the poster below - it's subtle, so don't go looking for Leeloo or Ruby Rhod or anything like that, look for something smaller: 

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Hidden in the top right corner of the big V, just behind the blobby monster above DeHaan, is a bar sign that appears to read "Korben's". For those who've lost track of their multipass over the years, Korben Dallas was the name of Bruce Willis' character, the flying cab-driving hero who has to protect Leeloo throughout the film. If you haven't one of the most colorful sci-fi flicks in the 1990s, The Fifth Element is actually coming back to theaters for a few nights in May.

While the "K" is obscured, the designers gave up a lot of poster space to include what's almost the hero from Besson's movie. And since Fifth Element was Besson's only major space opera until Valerian, there's been a lot of talk about Valerian being that film's spiritual successor. A shout-out like this is a winking way of acknowledging that, and it'll be even more so if "Korben's" is actually a location from the film. So definitely keep an eye out for that purple sign while you're watching the movie.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters July 21, 2017.

Via: /Film
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