True to his habit of placing ass-kicking women at the centre of his films, Luc Besson’s next big project is a superheroine movie to tide us over until the CW’s Amazon makes it out of the gate, or Warner Bros decides to give Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman script a second chance. Lucy, the new film from the writer and director of Léon and The Fifth Element, is about a drug mule who gains incredible powers – including clairvoyance, telekinesis and the ability to completely block out emotion and pain – after a drug she is supposed to be transporting accidentally enters her system.
Scarlett Johansson was cast in the title role earlier this year, bringing a lot of attention to the project as it heads towards the production stage. Her character in The Avengers, Black Widow, may not have been explicitly super-powered, but she was nonetheless more than capable of holding her own in a battle against an invading horde of aliens.
Some further casting news from TheWrap not only hints at another fantastic potential addition to the cast, but also gives a few more details about the plot. Morgan Freeman is reportedly in talks to play a professor who specializes in evolution and the functions of the human brain, whom Lucy must track down before she dies, in order to better understand what is happening to her.
If he does take the role, then this will be the first time that Freeman has worked with Besson as a director, though he previously starred in Louis Leterrier’s action film Unleashed, which was scripted by Besson. He’s also no stranger to superhero movies, having played Batman’s primary gadget provider Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy – not to mention starring as the most super-powered being of all in Bruce Almighty and Evan Almighty.
Freeman’s current movie in theaters is Now You See Me, also directed by Louis Leterrier, a crime thriller about a group of magicians who use their skills to pull off bank heists in the middle of performances. Earlier this year, the actor starred in Joseph Kosinski’s new sci-fi Oblivion, which was set in the future on a post-civilization Earth. In short, he tends to be favoring fantasy and sci-fi based films at the moment, so don’t be surprised if he ends up taking the role in Besson’s new film.
Assuming that this casting choice ends up locked, does it increase your interest in Lucy at all, or were you up for the film as soon as you heard that Johansson would be playing another superheroine?
Lucy has yet to be slated for an official release date, but expect further updates as casting continues.