Flying Lexus Imagined for Upcoming Sci-Fi Flick

Nov 11, 2016

Lexus has formed a creative partnership with film studio EuropaCorp, and one of the early highlights of the collaboration will be work on the 2017 science fiction film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The film will star Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHaan-as well as SKYJET, a single-seat pursuit craft imagined by Lexus and the Valerian creative team.

“The Valerian team created the SKYJET with the ambition of featuring a vehicle grounded in reality but befitting of the Valerian world, set 700 years in the future,” the company noted in a release. “The creative team met with Takeaki Kato, Lexus chief engineer, and the Lexus design team to discuss incorporating believable, imaginative technologies and contemporary design cues into the final iteration of the SKYJET.”

The imaginary vehicle’s design incorporates an adapted interpretation of Lexus’ signature spindle grille, and a similar headlight design to that of the anticipated 2018 Lexus LC coupe, defined by an athletic and aerodynamic shape, the company noted.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets features an all-star cast including Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, and Kris Wu. The project marks Luc Besson’s most ambitious film to date, and the largest-budget European motion picture ever produced, according to the company.

“As fans of films and Luc’s previous work, Lexus is privileged to help bring Luc’s dream to life,” said David Nordstrom, Lexus global branding department general manager. “We enjoyed the challenge of bringing Lexus’ design philosophy and technology innovations to this project. We look forward to developing our partnership with EuropaCorp as we strive to give audiences the most amazing experiences imaginable in the coming years.”

The feature film is an adaptation of the French comic series Valérian, written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Méziéres.