Most of the time a movie's cast is announced long before the movie itself comes out, but occasionally a new name is revealed in the weeks leading up to its release. Usually these actors have cameo roles, and they were involved with the main production months (or even years) before they're publicly mentioned. And then there are the instances where a movie has added someone much later than is the norm. Such is the case for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which has brought aboard Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2's Elizabeth Debicki.
Variety dropped the news that Valerian recruited Elizabeth Debicki for a voice role, though no details were provided about the character she'll be playing. This casting was described as a "last-minute addition" to the movie, so definitely wasn't part a set member of the cast during the production phase. Alas, moviegoers won't see Debicki's face when they go to watch Luc Besson's sci-fi blockbuster from EuropaCorp next month, but keep your ears ready for whoever she's voicing, whether it's an alien, artificial intelligence, etc.
Elizabeth Debicki most recently appeared in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as Ayesha, the Golden Priestess of the Sovereign race who served as one of the movie's main antagonists. Director James Gunn plans on bringing her back for Guardians of the Galaxy 3, which will follow the Guardians' appearances in Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4. Before joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Debicki's notable credits included playing Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby, Lady Macduff in Macbeth and Victoria Vinciguerra in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Her other upcoming appearances include God Particle, Widow and Peter Rabbit (which is another voice role).
Based off the long-running comic book Valérian and Laureline, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets follows Dane DeHaan's Valerian and Cara Delevingne's Lauerline in the 28th century as they keep order throughout the human territories in space. When they're sent to Alpha, a sprawling metropolis filled with creatures from across the universe, they'll discover and attempt to neutralize a malevolent force that threatens not just Alpha, but all of existence. The cast also includes Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, Rutger Hauer, John Goodman, Kris Wu and Herbie Hancock
With less than two months to go until Valerian's release, check out the trailer below for a taste of the dazzling magic it will be working on the big screen.
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets hits theaters on July 21. Don't forget to browse through our 2017 movie guide to find out what other blockbusters are being released this summer.