Alexandre Desplat Finds Another Star Wars, Will Score Luc Besson's 'Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets'

Last week came the news that Alexandre Desplat, originally selected to score “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” had been replaced by Michael Giacchino following the film’s extensive reshoots. So what will Desplat do with all that sci-fi space blockbuster music he had on the brain? Well, looks like he’ll bring it over to another movie.

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Luc Besson has announced that Desplat will score his upcoming “Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets.” Led by Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevigne, the story follows a team of special government operatives, who are tasked with investigating the vast space metropolis of Alpha, where not everything is as it seems. Presumably, colorful Besson-esque adventures ensue.

Desplat’s hire marks a break from Besson using his frequent composer collaborator Eric Serra, who scored “Leon: The Professional,” “The Fifth Element,” “Lucy,” “Nikita,” “The Lady,” and more. It marks an interesting creative split, but sometimes change can be a good thing, and it’s not like Besson and Serra still aren’t pals; Serra is still scoring the upcoming Besson co-written and produced thriller “The Lake.”

As for ‘Valerian,’ it opens on July 21, 2017 and we can’t wait to hear what Desplat puts together for Besson’s return to sci-fi.