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Brain power outwits Asian mobsters in sci-fi thriller 'Lucy'
By Patricia Reaney NEW YORK - Gun-toting thugs and a vicious Asian mob boss are no match for the brawn and brain of French director Luc Besson's super-powered heroine in his sci-fi, action thriller "Lucy." Besson is known for creating strong female characters in "La Femme Nikita" and "The Fifth Element." But he goes a step further in "Lucy," which opens in theaters in the United States on Friday, with an American student in Taipei who becomes invincible after the full power of her brain is unleashed. Scarlett Johansson ("The Avengers") is Lucy, a woman tricked by a boyfriend into delivering a suitcase and becomes one of several unwilling drug mules dispatched around the globe by Asian mobsters. After a brutal beating, the powerful synthetic compound implanted in her stomach seeps into her body and gradually lets her access more and more of her brain power. "I think it is such an interesting imagination Luc has going on there," said Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), who as Paris-based neurologist Professor Norman helps Lucy cope with the startling changes in her mind and body.
Review: 'Lucy' won't stretch your brain capacity
So let's start with the enticing premise of Luc Besson's "Lucy," starring Scarlett Johansson: Human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity. Imagine what it would be like if we could access all of it?
Coen brothers recruit Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson for 'Hail Caesar'
Like other cast members involved with the Coens' look at 1950s Hollywood, Hill might be well known for comedic parts but has experience working on more serious fare. Tatum's latest film, "Foxcatcher," is a biographical drama starring "The Office" and "Anchorman" actor Steve Carrell as philanthropic, menacing wrestling coach John du Pont, with Tatum opposite him as Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz. As for "Hail Caesar," the Coens have in mind a story about a 1950s Hollywood fixer whose job it is to make sure one studio's roster of actors are happy -- or at least compliant. Josh Brolin and George Clooney are already on board, while Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton and Ralph Fiennes are also in discussions, as Variety reports, with production to start in fall of this year.