VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
MEET DAN MAKTA — he’s kind of a big deal. An ambassador usually found at council meetings on Alpha Station, aka the City Of A Thousand Planets, he belongs to just one of roughly 2,000 species of alien you’ll meet in Luc Besson’s sci-fi epic. “Most of the time when you see aliens in a film, they’re trying to destroy things,” says the director. “But Alpha is the city of science and culture: everybody is exchanging knowledge. It’s a very rich world.”
As cops Valerian (Dane Dehaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) chase a case across the planet-sized space station, they’ll encounter all manner of beings. Many are peaceful, like the information-trading Doghan Daguis and oceanic Poulong farmers. Some are not. “The K-trons are the mercenary robots on Alpha,” grins Besson. “If the light on their head is blue, you’re fine. If it’s red, they shoot.” Sounds like a job for Dan Makta, xeno-diplomat.