Herbie Hancock Joins Valerian Cast

Herbie Hancock will do a space jam with Rihanna in Luc Besson’s upcoming Valerian.

Herbie Hancock is famous for making robots dance in one of the earliest MTV music videos. The Oscar-winning composer and jazz legend is now moving into another strange new world. Hancock joined the cast of upcoming science fiction film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets  which is already starring Rihanna.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets will be directed by Luc Besson, who helmed The Fifth Element, which brought Tricky to the big screen. Besson is also writing the film.

“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 announced on Instagram.

There is no word yet on whether Herbie will be making music for the movie. Hancock will be playing a character. Hancock previously acted in the films Hitters and the 1986 American-French jazz movie ‘Round Midnight, for which Hancock won an Oscar for his original score. Hancock also played Catfish Willie Slim on the Disney Channel show Girl Meets World.

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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets also stars Dane DeHaan, Cara Delavingne, Ethan Hawke and Clive Owen.

Production is slated to begin at the end of 2015.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets is due for release in theaters July 21, 2017.