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Scarlett Johansson 'Lucy' 2014 Movie Cast & US, UK Release Dates: French Director Luch Besson Worked With Natalie Portman, Milla Jovovich, Bruce Willis

First Posted: Apr 22, 2014 04:58 PM EDT

The movie "Lucy" is an action-science fiction movie about a woman who unexpectedly finds herself the subject of a dangerous experiment and unlocks the potential to fight back against those who would exploit her with superhuman powers. The film's antagonists include street gangs, organized crime, drug addicts, and police. It is written, directed and co-produced by French director Luch Besson with the following release dates this year: Aug. 8 (U.S.) and Aug. 22 (U.K.). The film was shot in Paris, Taipei and New York.

The cast of this movie includes Scarlett Johansson as the title character and protagonist, Lucy; Morgan Freeman as Professor Norman; Choi Min-sik as Kang; Amr Waked as a French policeman pursuing Lucy; and Pilou Asbaek, Mason Lee (director Ang Lee's son), Claire Tran, Christophe Tek, Jan Oliver Schroeder, Yvonne Gradelet, Paul Chan, Analeigh Tipton, Frédéric Chao, and Michél Raingeval.

In the film, a woman named Lucy, the lead character, lives in Taipei, Taiwan, where she is compelled to work as a drug mule for a gang. A mysterious drug seeps into her system, with the unexpected effect that she becomes super-intelligent and skilled. She soon demonstrates the ability to absorb information at incredible speeds and eventually unlock superhuman abilities such as the power to move objects with her mind. Several trailers can be viewed on YouTube.

Director Besson, is known for action films that feature female characters in the lead role or in an essential support role. He directed Natalie Portman at a young age for the movie "Léon: The Professional" in 1994. He is also known for "The Fifth Element," a memorably unique science fiction movie remembered for its superb editing; it stars Milla Jovovich as a different sort of superhuman heroine alongside Bruce Willis as a far-future cab driver.

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