Luc Besson will write and direct a new film entitled Lucy. Scarlett Johansson plays the title character who is forced to become a drug mule, but after a highly specialized drug enters her system she gains the ability to see into the future, move objects with her mind and ignore all pain and emotion. According to The Wrap Morgan Freeman is making a deal to co-star as a professor of evolution with expertise on the capabilities of the human brain.
Besson has a penchant for casting strong female leads as was evident in his other films such as Léon: The Professional (Natalie Portman), La Femme Nikita (Anne Parillaud), The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and The Fifth Element (both Milla Jovovich). Besson also served as a producer on Colombiana which featured Zoe Saldana as an assassin and Bandidas which paired up Penélope Cruz and Salma Hayek as a bank-robbing duo. Basically, Besson really likes women who know how to take care of themselves.
Production will begin on Lucy after Johansson’s finished with her other superhero gig, appearing as Natasha Romanoff aka “Black Widow” in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She will presumably film this before she gears up as “Black Widow” once again for The Avengers 2. Based on Besson’s previous work, Lucy will be more irreverent than your average superwoman.
Lucy is set for a release sometime next year. In the meantime, Luc Besson already has another film in the can, the crime-thriller The Family. That film stars Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer as former members of a mafia clan who are put in the witness protection program. And based on the trailer for The Family, which features Michelle Pfeiffer blowing up a supermarket after the manager insults her, the strong female character theme is going strong.