Next Film for Black Widow Scarlett Johansson: Lucy

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, © 2014 Universal Pictures, a Division of NBC Universal. All rights reserved.

The Hamptons’ newest A-list resident and expectant mother Scarlett Johansson stole the show as super spy and Avenger Black Widow in Marvel’s newest blockbuster Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which grossed $96.2 million in its opening weekend — but the action doesn’t stop there. Those who went to see the Captain America sequel this past weekend in Southampton (and likely anywhere else) probably saw a trailer for the 29-year-old star’s next cinematic thrill ride, Lucy.

The upcoming film from writer/director Luc Besson (creator of Leon: The Professional, La Femme Nikita and Columbiana, et al) features Johansson as an unwitting drug mule whose package breaks inside her and sets off changes that begin unlocking unused portions of her brain and transform her into an unstoppable, “merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.” Morgan Freeman also stars as the scientist who sheds light on this phenomena and enlightens audiences about the possibilities of the fully operational human brain.

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy
Scarlett Johansson in Lucy © 2014 Universal Pictures, a Division of NBC Universal

By the look of its trailer, Lucy allows Johansson to open another can of feature-length whoop-ass, while we await her return to the Marvel film universe as Black Widow in the 2015 mega sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. It’s also just been confirmed that the third Captain America installment — which we assume will include Johansson — debuts in May of 2016.

Lucy is scheduled to premiere on August 8 at theaters everywhere.

Here’s that trailer you missed (and read the official buzz below it). Now go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director Luc Besson has created some of the toughest, most memorable female action heroes in cinematic history. Now, Besson directs Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, an action-thriller that tracks a woman accidentally caught in a dark deal who turns the tables on her captors and transforms into a merciless warrior evolved beyond human logic.

Lucy also stars Academy Award® winner Morgan Freeman and is produced by Virginie Besson-Silla for EuropaCorp. Universal Pictures will distribute the movie worldwide, except for France, Benelux and China.

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