French director Luc Besson will make his return to science fiction with the upcoming action film Lucy. Besson hasn’t directed a sci-fi film since 1997’s The Fifth Element, starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, and Milla Jovovich, who played the sexy “perfect being” Leeloo. Lucy will star Scarlett Johansson as the titular character.
As reported in THR, Johansson is in the final negotiations to star in Lucy, which will center on a woman who is forced to be a drug mule. But when the drugs are absorbed into her system, they transform her into the ultimate, unfeeling, kick-ass machine. She has the ability to absorb information and knowledge like a sponge in water, and the ability to move objects with her mind.
Scarlett Johansson’s stock has gone up since she appeared as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 and The Avengers for Marvel Studios. She was featured in the indie hits Ghost World and Lost in Translation in the early 2000s, but gained mainstream success and acclaim with her roles in Match Point and Vicky Cristina Barcelona from director Woody Allen. Scarlett Johansson will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers 2.
As for Luc Besson, he has been a master of pulpy genre movies since the release of his debut feature film Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) in 1983. Besson’s first big hit in the United States was the film Léon: The Professional, starring Jean Reno, Gary Oldman, and Natalie Portman in 1994. Recently his production company was responsible for the Taken and Transporter film series, the sci-fi jailbreak movie Lockout, and the animated film series Arthur and the Invisibles.