Scarlett Johansson Faces Off With Choi Min-sik In First Trailer For Besson's LUCY

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Luc Besson likes nothing better than making things go bang and he's back to his old tricks, taking the director's chair to oversee a high profile international cast for the upcoming Lucy.

Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, a young woman forced to work as a drug mule with a brick of narcotics embedded into her stomach. But when the drugs start to leach into her bloodstream ... well, they do something other than just making her high. Morgan Freeman provides addition US based firepower on the cast front while Oldboy himself (Choi Min-sik) glowers away. Danish star Pilou Asbaek (Borgen, A Hijacking) is reportedly in there as well.

Take a look at the first trailer below!
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  • Jamaica Knauer

    The idea of Scarlett Johansson taking out Choi Min-sik makes me ill. The man should be STARRING in a Hollywood movie, not being yet another Asian guy playing the baddie. I hope he makes the most of his time in it, though.

  • Heijoshin

    Wow, so quick with the hate. Yeah the 10% of the brain thing has been done before but what hasn't. I thought it looked pretty interesting. Much more interesting than about 80% of the other movies that I've seen trailers for that are due to come out over the next couple months.

  • tman418

    Wow. So these drugs seem to go beyond what Brad Cooper got in Limitless.

    She seems to have the power of GOD! I mean, she literally froze and then turned back time in Times Square.

  • lesterThejester

    Again with the 10% brain bullshit......come on hollywood.

  • Not a Hollywood movie.

  • Jamaica Knauer

    Sorry. Noted, Todd, but it's Hollywood enough - it's Western. In relation to Choi Min-sik, I think that says it all.

  • Really? France is the same thing as America now? Someone pass the Freedom Fries ...

  • Jamaica Knauer

    The idea of Scarlett Johansson taking out Choi Min-sik makes me ill. The man should be STARRING in a Hollywood movie, not being yet another Asian guy playing the baddie. I hope he makes the most of his time in it, though.

  • Jamaica Knauer

    Yes, I know not a Hollywood movie, (I wrote this earlier, before I saw your reply to someone else a few months back), but a film made in the West. Mr. Choi has loads of talent, it just seems somebody in the West should be building a film around HIM. Of course he didn't have to take the role, but now that South Korea's film output has lowered, as they import more American movies, his choices for work might be a bit limited. Then again, hopefully it's a great role. I love sci-fi, so this is right up my alley.

  • What you actually said is that it's "Hollywood enough" when, in fact, it's not Hollywood AT ALL. Painting the industries of the entire western hemisphere as identical because they're all white people (which they're not, of course) is as ignorant and, frankly, racist as equating China with Korea or Japan or Thailand or Vietnam because they're all Asian.

    As for Choi starring in western films, Choi has no star power in the west. None. Somewhere around a tenth of one percent of the American population has seen the original Oldboy. Literally. The only person that gives Choi the leading role in a Western film before he actually has some drawing power in the West is a stupid person who wants to throw their money away. It has nothing to do with talent, it has to do with recouping an investment. Choi - like every other star anywhere in the world that wants to push into a foreign market - needs to first build up his profile through supporting roles in major films that will increase his local visibility.

    Take Lee Byung-hun - and even bigger star in Korea than Choi - and his path into the US market. He's steadily progressing from indies to bigger films in higher and higher profile roles. That's how it's done. Take Chow Yun Fat as a negative. He insisted on lead parts coming over, took bad movies as a result - the only ones that would give him those roles - and degraded his brand back home as well as abroad and went from being a guy who was literally the biggest box office draw in the world at one point (based on global tickets sold, yay China) to being just another aging star who barely ever pops up in anything of note any more. And when he does, they're support roles. He cut his own legs out from under himself.

  • Jamaica Knauer

    There is such a thing as "saving face" in the East. It's not the same thing as being arrogant. Mr. Chow looked for lead roles because he was a lead actor. The only mistake he made was in thinking Westerners understood his cultural viewpoint.

    Ingrid Bergman, Marlene Dietrich, Gerard Depardieu were given lead roles when they came over - before they were proven to sell tickets here.

  • Jamaica Knauer

    Yes, I suppose it is racist of me to make that comment, but I wouldn't have made such a comment, if the evidence backing my observation wasn't so overwhelming.

    And you're right, talent has VERY LITTLE power in the film business, so in the meantime, the practice is an insult to Asian actors, and to the audiences who would embrace them, if they were ever exposed to their talent.

  • Cedric Chou Ya-Li

    Yeah, yeah, "Not a Hollywood movie," sure! Then again, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, it's pretty understandable people will call it a duck. Besides, Besson isn't exactly the flagship of French Cinema: he's been making (or at least trying to make) "Hollywood" movies his entire career. I mean, come on, the guy did a Jeanne d'Arc biopic as a big spectacle in English! And there's Leon, and there's The 5th Element... Need I continue?

  • Not a Hollywood director. Not a Hollywood producer. Not a Hollywood studio. Not Hollywood money. It's not an American film in any way. If you want to criticize it, criticize it for what it actually IS.

  • Cedric Chou Ya-Li

    Well, personally, not criticizing anything here (or anyone, for that matter), just trying to make the point that you don't need to have the Hollywood zip code tattooed on your butt to be stamped "Hollywood" anyway--and rightfully so, I might add, but that's just me.

  • Mike

    Seriously. That took me out of the trailer in a hurry.

  • Elsie Paroubek

    This looks awful.

  • omnisemantic1

    i simply love besson when he goes in "girls + guns +/- superpowers mode", it's basically the only times he's having fun with the movies and it always translates pretty well ^^

  • Ard Vijn

    Son of a bitch... Besson went and made AKIRA on the sly!!!

  • Yojimbo

    With a wee bit o Matrix a dash of Limitless a side of the X-men and some Push sprinkled on top Voilá

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