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.
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.