The Last Sci-Fi Blog: Luc Besson's Wacky 'Fifth Element' Return, Plus: Elijah Wood Goes BBC

The Last Sci-Fi Blog: Luc Besson's Wacky 'Fifth Element' Return, Plus: Elijah Wood Goes BBC

Mar 25, 2016

While everyone with an internet connection has spent the past few days arguing about Batman v Superman whether they've seen it or not, a few pieces of interesting science fiction movie have come our way. Let's run through the necessary details before you dedicate your weekend to watching two angry men wearing capes pummel each other for 150 minutes.

 

The LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer

If you thought Star Wars: The Force Awakens could use more slapstick gags and adorable visuals, then LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens looks like the video game for you. The new trailer certainly makes this look like more of the same, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. These LEGO games are popular for a reason and they've been remarkably consistent over the years -- you pick up one and you know what you're going to get and that it will deliver exactly what you're looking for. Interestingly, this game appears to add a few fresh pieces. The trailer emphasizes some back story, hinting at the story of how Han Solo and Chewbacca got those Rathgars in the first place and some back story for Max Von Sydow's ill-fated Lor San Tekka. In other words, you'll have to play through this thing to really get the whole story.

Way to hold the nerds hostage, LEGO. Well played.

 

Elijah Wood Joins the BBC's Dirk Gently Series

Douglas Adams' Dirk Gently books may not be as famous as his Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, but they're just as good, showcasing the late author's genius wit and clever, genre-bending storytelling. It was previously announced that BBC America was producing a new television series based on this character and that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis would be writing the scripts, but now we know that this series will probably diverge significantly from the source material. After all, Elijah Wood has been cast as a character who isn't present in either of the books: Todd, the title detective's assistant who frequently finds himself in over his head as his boss drags him into all kinds of fantasy and science fiction-tinged adventures. The decision makes sense (Dirk is an eccentric character and hanging an entire show on him may be disastrous), but Adams purists may bristle. Let's see how this one turns out. After all, it's hard to say no to the always delightful Elijah Wood.

 

First Look at Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

When he wants to be, Luc Besson is a bit of an inspired madman and his science fiction movies look and feel unlike anything else. Like them or not, Lucy and The Fifth Element are both singular experiences that embrace their insane worlds. The mere fact that his next movie is titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is good start -- with a title like that, you know everyone involved isn't kidding around. Based on the French comic series by Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, the film stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan as human space cops sent on a mission to a planet comprised of thousands of alien species. Action and mystery and, if the first official look at the film (via Entertainment Weekly) is any indication, wacky body armor ensues.

It's good to know that the future will see both men and women wearing wacky costumes that emphasize the bosom. Equal opportunity! Keep on Besson-ing, Mr. Besson. The other images showcase robot police officers and the heroes wearing tacky civilian clothes, just in case you needed a little more for this really odd film to officially land on your radar.

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