Clive Owen to star opposite Cara Delevingne in Valerian!

Clive Owen has been cast in the upcoming film Valerian.

Produced by EuropaCorp and directed and written by Luc Besson, the science-fiction movie has a a global release planned for the summer of 2017.

Production is set to begin in December, and the Coventry-born 50-year-old has joined a stellar cast for the graphic novel-inspired story.

Set in the 28th century, when humanity discovered how to time-travel, the forthcoming blockbuster will feature Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as the protagonists.

Clive Owen Talks About Making His Broadway Debut in ‘Old Times’

Clive Owen has chosen Fanelli Cafe in SoHo as the place to submit to an interview, and there’s a logic to that. He’s the star of “The Knick” — a television series set in Lower Manhattan at the turn of the 20th century that has featured opium dens and race riots — and Fanelli sits in a 168-year-old building that at various times served as brothel, African-American boardinghouse and speakeasy.

History, though, isn’t the reason the venerable bar has become a favorite of Mr. Owen’s as he’s spent more of his time in New York recently. His piercing gray eyes soften for a moment as he contemplates the pint of Guinness that’s been set in front of him at just the right temperature. “It’s very good here,” he says reverentially, in a tone usually reserved for announcing important putts. “I’ll tell you what, it is very good.”

He’s brought along a fellow Englishman, the actor and director Douglas Hodge, to check out the quality of the stout and to talk about the Harold Pinter play “Old Times,” which they’re in the middle of rehearsing.

The Roundabout Theater Company revival of the play, which opens at the American Airlines Theater on Oct. 6, is a milestone for both men.

Mr. Hodge, who won a Tony as an actor for “La Cage Aux Folles,” is directing in America for the first time. And Mr. Owen, whose intensity, technical polish and striking good looks have been showcased in films like “Croupier,” “Closer” and “Children of Men,” not only will be making his Broadway acting debut, but he’ll also be appearing onstage for the first time in 14 years — and in his first Pinter play.

Clive Owen To Join Luc Besson’s ‘Valerian’

Deadline broke the Clive Owen Valerian news. Here’s the premise of the movie, which is actually titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

The intrepid Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witted and sharp-tounged partner, Laureline, are two of the greatest agents for the vast Galaxity organization. Their missions have taken them across space and time. But now the Galaxity and their home earth have vanished as if they never existed. Along, and totally dependent on their own resources, they struggle to carve out a new life and a new future against intergalactic dangers form the past, present and future.

DeHaan and Delevingne star as Valerian and Laureline, respectively. They’re two of just five human characters in the movie. Owen will play a character named Commander Arün Filitt. It’s unclear whether Filitt is a human, or one of the many crazy-looking creatures that’ll also populate the movie.

Valerian promises to be a big, ambitious movie. It’s reportedly budgeted at around $180 million, and the visuals are described as “Star Wars meets Blade Runner meets Besson’s The Fifth Element.” Mézières actually worked with Besson onThe Fifth Element, so that part is very promising and not at all surprising.

Owen’s The Knick returns to Cinemax for its second season this fall. On the big screen, Owen was last seen in the romantic comedy Words and Pictures and the action-adventure Last Knights.

Shooting on Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets begins early next year, for release around 2017.

Source: Slash Film

Clive Owen: I’m living the dream

The Hollywood heavyweight is following in the footsteps of Kevin Spacey, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson and moving to the small screen with the dramatic TV series.

Focusing on the lives of the staff at New York’s Knickerbocker Hospital in the 20th century, it’s an interesting ride; and Clive couldn’t agree more.

“His addiction to liquid cocaine and opium often means Thackery crosses moral boundaries,” he explained to German magazine TV Direkt when asked what drew him to the character of Dr. John W. Thackery. “That’s a dream for any actor, of course!”

That’s not to say Clive, 50, often agrees with his character’s decisions. While he knows Thackery is a brilliant doctor, he also describes him as “arrogant and racist”.

It’s not unusual for Oscar nominees like Clive to get involved with TV shows. True Detective has seen both Matthew and Colin Farrell star, while Kevin made a mark alongside Robin Wright in Netflix original House of Cards.

For Clive, being on set didn’t seem too different to his bigger projects.

“It was just like a film set,” he shrugged. “These days, television is a great platform for things like The Knick. It’s a wonderful thing for an actor to explore.”

Alongside The Knick, Clive has some film projects out this year. He was in action adventure Last Knights and also stars in comedy The Confirmation, which will be out later this year.

Source: Belfast Telegraph