Scarlett Johansson Leads Besson's LUCY

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Having now apparently wrapped up his 'serious' phase in which he pretended to be interested in things other than girls with guns, Luc Besson is getting back to his roots.

The Hollywood Reporter brings word that having now wrapped Malavita Besson's next project will be action-thriller Lucy, which he both wrote and will direct. Scarlett Johansson has signed on for the lead role in which she will play a drug mule essentially turned into a superhero when the drug she is transporting leeches into her bloodstream giving her the power to absorb information instantly, block pain, move objects with her mind and, golly, this sounds kind of stupid. Anybody else pine for the days when Besson made movies like Leon, which had kick ass action but also kept the characters grounded enough for you to actually care about them?

But I digress.

It had been widely reported that Besson's next project following Malavita was meant to be a female fronted action-thriller to star Angelina Jolie, which begs the question of whether Jolie has just been replaced. Also on deck for Besson is an adaptation of French comic Valerian.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Having now apparently wrapped up his 'serious' phase in which he pretended to be interested in things other than girls with guns, Luc Besson is getting back to his roots."

    Aw, come on now....be nice,Mr Brown, Besson has shown some serious side before, producing The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada (2005) , Colour Me Kubrick: A True...ish Story (2005) etc.

    "Anybody else pine for the days when Besson made movies like Leon, which had kick ass action but also kept the characters grounded enough for you to actually care about them?

    But I digress.

    It had been widely reported that Besson's next project following Malavita was meant to be a female fronted action-thriller to star Angelina Jolie, which begs the question of whether Jolie has just been replaced."

    Well, as long as ScarJo wears something skintight and says cool lines........is fine by me.
    And besides, Besson has always mixed, smaller projects with more mainstream ones, like Taxi (1998), The Transporter(2002) etc.
    And if Jolie is being replaced, well, happens all the time.....
    Thanks for the info Mr Brown.

    Well

  • Ard Vijn

    Besson is doing Valerian? The last time he channeled that source material he ended up with THE FIFTH ELEMENT, so color me excited.

    Mind you, VALERIAN does feature one hell of a "girl with a gun". The original graphic novels is probably where Luc got that fetish from in the first place...

  • harumph

    Exactly what I was thinking: Valerian at least gives us the hope that he could hit the heights of Fifth Element again.

  • Tory

    "Anybody else pine for the days when Besson made movies like Leon, which had kick ass action but also kept the characters grounded enough for you to actually care about them?"

    Yes. The answer is yes.

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