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The single-seat space craft, brought to life through the partnership, was on full display on the red carpet, where stars Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan celebrated the release of the film. Joined by an all-star cast including Rihanna and Kris Wu, Dane and Cara took time to pose for fans alongside the SKYJET, helping to bring a piece of the film’s magic to life for those gathered at the premiere.
The SKYJET - a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the film - was conceived by the Valerian team with the ambition of featuring a vehicle grounded in reality but befitting of the Valerian world, set 700 years in the future. The film’s creative team collaborated with the Lexus design team to incorporate some of Lexus’ iconic design cues and advanced technologies to create the final SKYJET.
To celebrate our creative partnership with Luc Besson’s upcoming sci-fi epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, go behind-the-scenes and discover the Lexus design and technology philosophy which inspired elements of the final SKYJET.
Learn how Lexus collaborated with Luc Besson and his design team to bring the single-seat pursuit craft of the future to life on the big screen in spectacular fashion. Charting the SKYJET journey from original concept, to its visualization by Concept Designer Ben Mauro, through to Lexus’ collaboration, experience how we fulfilled Luc’s ambition for a vehicle worthy of the Valerian world, set 700 years in the future.
Get an exclusive look at the SKYJET behind the scenes on-set with director Luc Besson and lead actor Dane DeHaan, in his role as titular character Valerian. Featuring expert commentary from Producer, Virginie Besson-Silla; Valerian Concept Designer, Ben Mauro; and Lexus Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato.
“Technology will constantly advance and many things far in the distant future are impossible to be certain of now, however, at Lexus, we continuously challenge ourselves to imagine them.” - Lexus Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato
When designing the interior of the concept model, the Valerian creative team were inspired by Lexus’ future vision for AI (Artificial Intelligence) and advanced Human-Machine Interface (HMI) technology. These showcase our ambition for vehicles to become one with their drivers, enabling control of the vehicle with simple hand gestures, such as with the LF-FC concept’s hologram technology, or even with the human mind.
The SKYJET’s final design incorporates an adapted interpretation of Lexus’ signature “spindle” grille, and a similar headlight design to that of the 2017 Lexus LC coupe, defined by an athletic and aerodynamic shape. What’s more, the Valerian story is also set to feature an imagined energy capsule of the future, inspired by Lexus’ work on innovative hydrogen fuel cell technology.
You can also get another exclusive glimpse of the SKYJET as it whizzes through the Valerian world in the new Lexus SKYJET advert, ahead of the hotly anticipated global launch of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets in theaters on 21st July.
To read more about Lexus’ role in bringing SKYJET to life,
Rooted in the classic graphic novel series, Valerian and Laureline - visionary writer/director Luc Besson advances this iconic source material into a contemporary, unique and epic science fiction saga. Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne) are special operatives for the government of the human territories charged with maintaining order throughout the universe. Under directive from their Commander (Clive Owen), Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis comprised of thousands of different species from all four corners of the universe.
Alpha’s seventeen million inhabitants have converged over time- uniting their talents, technology and resources for the betterment of all. Unfortunately, not everyone on Alpha shares in these same objectives; in fact, unseen forces are at work, placing our race in great danger.