Forget the hoverboard. Lexus has been working on a 28th century spaceship known as ‘Skyjet’ for Luc Besson’s latest sci-fi epic, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.
Lexus announced a creative partnership with the French director, screenwriter and producer’s film studio, EuropaCorp, which is based in Paris, and the initial result is a single-seater spacecraft built for life 700 years in the future.
The Skyjet was designed with input from Lexus chief engineer Takeaki Kato and the rest of the design team, so although it’s only a 3D model because, you know, it’s a spaceship from the future, it does seem to tick all the intergalactic vehicle boxes – although the size of the boot is unknown.
This is why the front end features the Lexus badge and signature spindle grille and headlights you see on the Japanese manufacturer’s more readily available vehicles such as the RC and the V8-toting RC F.
Those wanting to see the Lexus Skyjet in real life will be sorely disappointed (Lexus said no to a test drive for some reason) but you can at least it in action in Besson’s new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. There are a couple of short glimpses in the trailer, too, if you look closely.
The story focusses on Valerian and Laureline as they ’embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha’, which is a place where the finest minds pool their resources, technology and knowledge to make life better for all.
Unfortunately there is always someone who wants to cause trouble and so ‘unseen forces’ start threatening the existence of Alpha and its inhabitants, setting the scene for a classic good versus evil showdown and probably some romance along the way because Hollywood.
The promising storyline is made even more promising by the fact Besson directed The Fifth Element (what a weird and brilliant movie), with Cara Delevingne, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Dane DeHaan and Kris Wu providing the acting talent.
You should know the film is based on the Valerian and Laureline graphic novel, which started life in 1967 and is said to have been the inspiration for a number of sci-fi epics, including Star Wars. It was written by Pierre Christin and brought to life by artist Jean-Claude Mezieres.
“As fans of film and Luc Besson’s work, Lexus is privileged to bring the director’s dream to life. We enjoyed the challenge of bringing Lexus’s design philosophy and technology innovations to this project,” said Lexus global branding department general manager, David Nordstrom.
“We look forward to developing our partnership with EuropaCorp as we strive to give audiences the most amazing experiences imaginable in the coming years,” he added.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will hit the cinemans in July 2017, with Lexus running various ‘fan experiences’ in the run-up. So maybe we will get that test drive, after all.