Broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1, the feature film “Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets” by Luc Besson offers a cameo to no less than eight French directors, from Alain Chabat to Louis Leterrier via Mathieu Kassovitz.
Blockbuster with an XXL budget of nearly 200 million euros, the epic SF Valérian and the City of a Thousand Planets by Luc Besson presents a funny feature. Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne, the two young heroes of this adventure adapted from comics Valérian and Laureline, indeed rub shoulders with the credits … eight French directors!
From Alain Chabat to Louis Leterrier via Mathieu Kassovitz and Benoît Jacquot, focus on these Frenchies who appear briefly in Valérian, broadcast this Sunday evening on TF1. Filmmakers who, for the most part, play captains of ships meeting alien species in the opening scene of the feature film.
We won’t talk about cameo for Alain Chabat, who is entitled to a real presence in Valerian. The Frenchman, quite unrecognizable with his beard provided, plays the sea poacher Bob who comes to the aid of Laureline. “He has an incredible ability for comedy. I was sure he would make a good pirate “declared Luc Besson at our colleagues from Figaro.
Eric Rochant was shooting the series Le Bureau des Légendes in the Cité du Cinéma in Luc Besson at the same time as this one staged Valerian. Not complicated then to make a small appearance in the blockbuster: in the introductory scene, Rochant embodies the captain who welcomes the Palm Müret aboard the Alpha station.
Gérard Krawczyk is a faithful accomplice of Luc Besson, for whom he notably directed three parts of the Taxi saga. In the feature film Valerian, he plays the captain who welcomes the Martapuraïs aboard the Alpha station.
Between 2015 and 2018, the director Xavier Giannoli (When I was a singer) is the godfather of a promotion of the Ecole de la Cité created by Luc Besson. In the introductory scene of Valerian, he lends his features to the character of Captain Norton.
Valerian enjoys a small appearance of Benoit Jacquot. In the feature film’s introductory scene, the director of Farewell to the Queen slips into the costume of the captain who welcomes the Arysum aboard the Alpha station.
Olivier Megaton, faithful of the EuropaCorp company of Luc Besson for which he notably signed Taken 2, Taken 3 and The Transporter 3, makes a small appearance in Valerian. At the start of the film, he interprets the captain who welcomes the KCO2s aboard the Alpha station.
For Luc Besson, he notably directed Le Transporteur and Danny the Dog. In Valerian, French Louis Leterrier, who recently signed the Netflix series Lupine, appears as the captain who welcomes the Mercurys aboard the Alpha station.
Two decades after a small role in The Fifth Element (pictured), Mathieu kassovitz find Luc Besson for a cameo in Valerian, with a peddler character. A very well hidden wink appearance, no one having visibly managed to spot the Frenchman …