Lexus collaborated with the Valerian creative team, as they imagined and brought to life the vision for the SKYJET, a single-seat pursuit craft featured in the 2017 film Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, directed by Luc Besson.
This is not the first venture into the science fiction movie world for Lexus: the SkyJet follows the 2054 Concept created by concept designer Harald Belker and featured in Minority Report.
The design brief for the SKYJET spaceship was to create a vehicle grounded in reality but befitting of the Valerian world, set 700 years in the future.
The creative team met with Lexus’ Chief Engineer, Takeaki Kato and the Lexus design team, to discuss incorporating believable, imaginative technologies and contemporary design cues into the final iteration of the SKYJET.
The SKYJET design also incorporates an adapted interpretation of Lexus’ signature “spindle” grille, and a similar headlight design to that of the hotly anticipated 2018 Lexus LC coupe, defined by an athletic and aerodynamic shape.
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. The feature film is an adaptation of the French comic series ‘Valérian,’ written by Pierre Christin and illustrated by Jean-Claude Mézières.
For more information on the film check the official website.