Scarlett Johansson to Play Superhuman in Luc Besson’s New Action Sci-fi ‘Lucy’

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Scarlett Johansson in The Avengers Scarlett Johansson to Play Superhuman in Luc Bessons New Action Sci fi Lucy

Luc Besson’s mafia story Malavita, which stars Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer as the heads of a mob family forced to relocate to France under a witness protection program, is set for release in fall 2013, and the director is wasting no time in setting his sights on a new project.

Lucy will be an action movie with a distinctly sci-fi premise, about a young woman who is forced to become a drug mule and inadvertently manages to absorb the drug she’s carrying into her own system. Rather than landing her in the hospital, the drug gives her superhuman powers, including telekinesis, the elimination of all sensations of pain or discomfort, and the ability to absorb knowledge instantaneously.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Johansson is in final negotiations for the lead role in the film, which already has a worldwide distribution deal with Universal. No other parts have been cast yet, but securing Johansson for the title role would be an outstanding first step towards production.

Besson has a stellar reputation in the action genre and frequently has female characters, if not kicking butt center-stage, then at least in a pivotal supporting role. He directed a very young Natalie Portman in Léon: The Professional (1994), where she played an apprentice to Jean Reno’s titular assassin, and is perhaps best-known for directing the weird but very entertaining sci-fi The Fifth Element, in which Milla Jovovich played a human genetically engineered for perfection, capable of beating up an entire room full of rubber-faced aliens to the beat of an opera. His next project after that starred Jovovich again as the French folk heroine, soldier and martyr, Joan of Arc.

Scarlett Johansson in Iron Man 21 Scarlett Johansson to Play Superhuman in Luc Bessons New Action Sci fi Lucy

If Johansson gets confirmed for the role – and it’s already almost a done deal – then this pairing sounds perfect. Johansson is currently filming Captain America: The Winter Soldier in a reprisal of her role as Natasha Romanoff from Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, and so is still very on track to do more action roles. With the number of films and potential side projects already on Marvel’s agenda, and the fact that they’re only planning to make two movies a year, it’s unlikely that we’ll be getting a Black Widow spin-off in the near future. Lucy might be the next best thing – or maybe even better.

If Johansson is cast then hopefully we’ll get more plot details fairly soon, with more information on the nature of the drug and what happens to the plot after Lucy comes under its influence. Besson’s film is based on a similar premise to Neil Burger’s Limitless, so perhaps mysterious pills could become the new radioactive waste of the superpower origin story.


Lucy doesn’t have a release date yet, but we’ll keep you updated on any developments.

Source: THR

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  1. Looks like Scar Jo is really enjoying her stint as a super hero.

    Luc Besson usually comes up with interesting concepts. If this idea was coming from anyone else I’d be pretty skeptical and think of it simply as a poor effort of cashing in on the super heroine genre. It does sound formulaic.

    But I’ll give Besson the benefit of the doubt for now.

    Even if it does sound a bit derivative, there’s always Scar Jo. Even when she’s not in the best flick, there are always at least TWO BIG things she has to offer. ( Maybe three )

    • Scar Jo? Really? Aren’t we as a culture done with the infantile shortening of names and ‘Team X’ rubbish?

      • Not in the least. What rock have you been under eeleg?

        • Heh.

  2. Salt vs. Lucy

    angelina<3 wins

    • Nah, Lucy will break Salt’s frail little arms and legs before punching her in her sunken in face. That bag of bones that is Angelina Jolie might be able to convey many things, but physical strength isn’t one of them. Girl needs to eat something! ;)

    • Never bought Jolie as Salt. Seemed like she didn’t fit.

  3. I’d probably pay money to watch her read a phone book.

    • Comment of the year contender right here. :)

    • Made my day! :D

  4. Hot chick- can’t really act.

    At least, I don’t think she can. I never noticed much else but her in really, really tight black outfits…. My Daughter told me she can’t, and I think she paid attention to the dialogue.

    • I remember her before the looks watch her movies when she was younger she can.
      -When actors are attractive most people think they can’t possibly act because the looks are distracting if she was ugly and doing the same kind of work you would probably be screaming great actress.
      -Think about it most actors that people think are good are not seen as that attractive they can be pretty but not extraordinarily beautiful.

    • She’s an average actor. Hasn’t really shown a great deal of excellent or standout performances. God knows why she already has a star on the Walk of Fame; clearly they aren’t for talent. But if Under the Skin is anything like the book, I imagine she’ll be awesome. I’m just waiting for the damn trailer!

    • Watch ‘Lost In Translation’ or ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’. You can miss any of the dire Woody Allen movies she did, they were horrible.

  5. Scarlett Johannsoon in a tightly fit outfit, kicking ass with superpowers and looking hot = sold

  6. Scar Jo is not credible as superhero for me. And I find her decidedly cool, not hot.
    I know I am in the minority on that but on all counts I find she comes up short.

      • She is a hard worker and will dive-in to a role such as this.
        Her small stature though stretches credibility for me as
        opposed to someone like Katee Sackhoff for example.

  7. sounds good to me, we more action heroines.

  8. Hopefully someday we will see a female Superhero with her own movie. I think it’s a shame that in this day and age and with so many female heroines out there, in both the Marvel and DC universes, a female superhero movie isn’t even being considered.

    It’s a shame…

    • Wonder Woman.

  9. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then
    what does your copy and paste of my post mean?

  10. “a drug mule inadvertently manages to absorb the drug she’s carrying into her own system. Rather than landing her in the hospital, the drug gives her superhuman powers” that sounds so lame. This could be really bad.

    • It still sounds like the movie ‘Unlimited’ to me, just with Scarlett Johanneson instead of the male lead. Take a drug that unlocks the full potential of your mind, the ability to absorb information instantly, etc. And they recycle the myth about people only using 10% of their brain.

      Oh right, they’ve added telekinesis too, that makes it a totally different movie…

  11. She is talented n who made you the experts?