Luc Besson's 'Valerian' Casts Jazz Musician Herbie Hancock

The director announced Hancock's involvement in the sci-fi film via Instagram but did not reveal the role.

AceShowbiz - Jazz musician Herbie Hancock has been cast in Luc Besson's sci-fi flick "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets". The French director personally announced the news on Instagram on Saturday, December 12 morning.

"Herbie Hancock is a legend. His music was my only friend at 14... I learn so much listening this genius... I'm proud to have him for a role in #Valerian," Besson captioned a pic of Hancock on Instagram. He did not provide further details.

A photo posted by @lucbesson on

Hancock will join previously-announced cast Dane DeHaan, Rihanna, Cara Delevingne and Ethan Hawke. DeHaan is playing the titular character, a space and time-traveling agent from a futuristic Earth who is accompanied by a femme sidekick named Laureline. Delevingne is playing the latter role.

Besson directs and writes the film based on the 1967 graphic novel by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Production will begin the end of this year for July 21, 2017 release.

Hancock made cameos in a number of movie and television series including "Hitters" and "Girl Meets World".

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