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Alexandre Desplat to score Valerian after Rogue One exit

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Alexandre Desplat is going from a galaxy far, far away to a city of a thousand planets.

Days after bowing out of the Star Wars standalone film Rogue One, the French composer has signed on to score Luc Besson’s space opera Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

Writer-director Besson announced the news on social media Tuesday, welcoming aboard his Oscar-winning countryman and calling him “maestro.”

Slated for release next summer, Valerian stars Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Cara Delevingne (Suicide Squad) as a time-traveling, spacefaring duo who set out to solve an intergalactic mystery. The film is based on Valérian and Laureline, a French graphic novel series that has been a touchstone for works including Star Wars, Avatar, and Besson’s own Fifth Element.

Desplat exited Rogue One last week after reshoots pushed back the postproduction schedule, necessitating a tight turnaround to meet the film’s December release. Star Trek composer Michael Giacchino stepped in, while expressing admiration for Desplat’s work.

Desplat’s credits include The Grand Budapest Hotel (for which he won an Oscar), The Imitation Game, Godzilla, and both installments of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.