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Luc Besson is making a sci-fi movie with Cara Delevingne

The Fifth Element director is returning to his roots, courtesy of the model-turned-actress

Cara Delevingne is racking up film jobs like no tomorrow, but she's just landed her most epic role yet – as a timetravelling peasant girl in Luc Besson's new sci-fi oddyssey, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

That's right, the Luc Besson who directed Milla Jovovich in her breakout role as Leelo in The Fifth Element and introduced the world to Natalie Portman in Leon. (We're choosing to forget his most recent and slightly less impressive Scarlett Johansson action film, Lucy.) 

Delevingne will star alongside Lawless star Dane DeHaan, whom we nominated this year as being Hollywood's next James Dean. DeHaan plays Valerian, a time-hopping secret agent who picks up Laureline (Delevingne) on his travels, training her as a fellow space cadet. The film is based on Valérian and Laureline, a long-running French sci-fi comic. 

Besson joined Twitter to announce the film, including a sneak peek at its logo:    

He added that filming will start in December and the movie is set for a 2017 release. 

Delevingne's acting profile will get an even bigger boost at the end of this year, with The Fault In Our Stars' John Green film Paper Towns coming out in July and comic book action film Suicide Squad out in August. 

Check out our brief history of Delevingne's movie career here and join us as we chart the greatest model-turned-actresses here