Scarlett Johansson Superhero Movie ‘Lucy’ Gets New Poster and Release Date

Published 3 months ago by , Updated June 9th, 2014 at 5:54 am,

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April 2014 was a big month for Scarlett Johansson. She reprised her winning role as Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. the Black Widow in Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a hit which solidified her position as perhaps the premiere female action star. April also saw Johansson upping her her indie cred with the well-received art house sci-fi film Under the Skin.

Given that ScarJo was practically the co-lead of Captain America 2, it’s not surprising that Marvel often fields questions about featuring Johansson in a standalone Black Widow film. Still, fans can see the actress in full badass, superhero mode in director Luc Besson’s upcoming Lucyand this time she’s not sharing the spotlight with anyone.

Lucy follows the title character as she is kidnapped and forced to become a drug mule, with some kind of dangerous substance surgically deposited into her stomach. The compound leaks into Lucy’s system, and suddenly she has heightened mental and physical abilities, becoming more powerful over time, to the point of being able to utilize “100% of the human brain,” as co-star Morgan Freeman intoned in the first Lucy trailer.

Now we’ll be able to watch Lucy in action sooner than we thought. Universal Pictures has moved up the official Lucy release date to July 25, 2014, up from its original August 8th date. They also released the movie’s new poster (click the image to enlarge)

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Rather than squaring off at the box office against the rebooted Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the film now has new competition in the form of Brett Ratner’s Hercules starring Dwayne Johnson. The July 25th weekend already sported counter-programming with the release of the raunchy comedy Sex Tape with Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz – does EuropaCorp and U.S. distributor Universal Pictures think Lucy has a better shot opposite the testosterone-laden sword-and-sandals Hercules than TMNT, given that the latter is likely to draw a pretty broad demographic, and that the Kellan Lutz Legend of Hercules bombed at the box office earlier this year?

It’s pretty clear that Lucy is relying on Johansson’s star power and super-heroic presence within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to draw crowds and drive the premise home. The plot of Luc Besson’s original script may feel rather shamelessly cobbled together from several other sci-fi/action/thrillers like LimitlessHanna, certain aspects of the X-Men films and even The Matrix, as Lucy’s abilities evolve into something resembling Neo’s power to manipulate reality itself.

While many of the projects Besson produces and/or writes have often proved lacking -neither 3 Days to Kill or Brick Mansions is on par with Taken – as a director, his sci-fi and thriller features include wonderful cult favorites La Femme NikitaLeon: The Professional, and loopy Bruce Willis vehicle The Fifth Element. Even if his more recent efforts are less-than-beloved – though his mob flick The Family has its supporters – Besson can be a restlessly energetic and inventive director, and the fantastical elements of Lucy are firmly in his wheelhouse.

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Lucy is Scarlett Johansson’s moment in the sun. Without a comic book franchise in the background or a male superhero in sight, the question isn’t whether or not ScarJo can hold the screen (we know she can), but will her charisma prove enough to overshadow what is quite likely a patently ludicrous plot? We’ll find out two weeks earlier than before.

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Lucy opens in U.S. theaters on July 25th, 2014

Source: Universal Pictures

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  1. I really hope “Lucy” does well, because it will tell the higher-ups at Marvel (& DC) that a standalone feature of a female protagonist who has super-powers can do well at the box-office, and then we can see that “Black Widow” movie, which is imo, kinda like a must after the events of “Winter Soldier”.

  2. Saw the trailer for it and it looks horrid.

  3. HERCULES SMASH LUCY !

    • HERCULES SLEEPS WITH LUCY!

  4. The trailer had me interested up until the point she gets “everything/anything” powers, was liking the grounded mystery of things.
    Why would they put something that could make you that powerful when introduced into the body yknow, in someones body and apparently not protect it better.
    Makes no sense to me
    Package of chemicals = Neo of the matrix

    Thens theres the whole 10% use of our brain thing which I thought we had overcome.

    • The trailers made me feel the same way when it showed her SUPER super abilities but for different reasons.

      I think that if the trailers showed her growing in power little by little, and save the crazy Akira/Neo powers as a surprise it would’ve been more exciting and left a little mystery in getting to that point.

  5. I totally dig scarlett johansen but she alone cannot carry a film even with her beautiful curvy physique
    which is the creme of the marvel female characters. This lucy looks like a preview of scarlet witches
    powers and outside of marvel she has yet to see a film of hers crack 100 million domestically.
    Under the skin did not even make half of its 13 million dollar budget back.

  6. 10%? That’s actually wrong. Limitless mentioned similar low percentages and it was proven wrong also. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_percent_of_brain_myth

    • That annoyed me too (the repetition of this old, but popular completely inaccurate myth) . The brain is doing all kinds of incredibly complex things, as well as regulating every organ in the body. What 90% would people be comfortable removing, and still maintain normal function?

  7. I don’t care what any of you say, I’m watching this and it’ll be awesome. We need this movie,

  8. This is gonna be awesome can’t wait till its out.

  9. Yes both ezee-t and leeman 12 need to get together and watch this movie because you both
    Will be only ones in the auditorium like those that went to see under the skin, LOL. I rather see
    Her in a drama then her faking a jean grey or a scarlet witch. Lucy makes my redbox to watch list.

  10. Any movie with Scarlett in it will flop…that seems to be the theme lately…oh wait…I think she is fully naked in it…that will bump up the ratings!! What a joke!

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