Sci-fi fans will be licking their lips in anticipation at the release of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets — a movie set 700 years in the future — and one of the stars in the Luc Besson directed flick will be the luxury carmaker Lexus. However, it won’t be showcasing a new car — it’ll be a single-seat high-tech, futuristic spacecraft called the Skyjet...

Now, those of you with a sharp eye will have no doubt already noticed that the Skyjet features an adaption of the signature spindle grille, hmm, so technically, the jet is actually a retro design... We digress. To celebrate its creative partnership with Besson’s epic, the automotive brand unveiled a behind-the-scenes sneak peek video of the Skyjet to offer a unique insight and experience into how the collaboration was achieved and brought to life on the big screen. It chronicled the journey from original concept, from the visionary mind of Besson, to its visualisation by Concept Designer Ben Mauro, through to Lexus’ collaboration, which matched Besson’s ambition for a vehicle befitting of the Valerian world, set 700 years in the future. The one and half minute ‘Making of the Skyjet’ film also provides expert commentary from the director, stars of the movie and Lexus chief engineer, Takeaki Kato. “Technology will constantly advance, and many things far in the distant future are impossible to be certain of now; however, at Lexus, we continuously challenge ourselves to imagine them. The cars of the future might be flying in the air, but as a luxury brand we consider essential that they remain emotional,” said Kato.

“As a luxury lifestyle brand, Lexus is always looking to bring to life new innovations that provide our customers and audiences with amazing experiences that inspire and excite them,” added Takayuki Yoshitsugu, chief representative of Middle East and North Africa Representative Office, Toyota Motor Corporation.

It sure is new — apart for that grille...