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Scarlett Johansson Goes Superhuman in Luc Besson's ‘Lucy’

Universal has released the first trailer for Luc Besson’s sci-fi thriller “Lucy,” starring Scarlett Johansson as a drug mule with superhuman powers.

The movie, set in the Taiwanese capital Taipei, centers on Johansson’s character accidentally ingesting a drug she was carrying — giving her massive intelligence and superhuman strength. It also stars Morgan Freeman as a scientist.

The trailer shows a determined Johansson escaping from her captors as the drug takes hold and easily destroying all obstacles in her path.

“Lucy” has been described by Besson as being a film “about pure intelligence.” “We’re basically using 10 percent of our brain. What happens when we use more?” he told reporters in November, after wrapping an 11-day shoot in Taipei.

Universal Pictures on Thursday released an exclusive, 110-second behind-the-scenes preview of "Lucy," in which Besson said he had considered other Asian cities 10 years ago when the film script was first completed, but he eventually decided on Taipei because there is no better place in the world.

The French director said he wanted the movie to be set in a fast-paced Asian city, and Taipei happened to be quite suitable.

Since it was impossible to recreate the scenes in Taipei in a studio, he had to go on location in the city, he said.

Besson said he also took into consideration the fact that not many movies in Europe or the United States have been shot in Taipei.

He said Taiwan is a good environment for filming and he has encouraged other people to consider it. Taipei residents are some of the friendliest people he has ever met and the government is highly trustworthy and helpful, Besson said.

The film footage included various sites in Taipei such as city buildings, sea views, beaches, forests and mountains - all within a 100-mile radius, according to Besson.

"Lucy," starring American actress Scarlett Johansson, was also shot in Paris and New York City.

It features Johansson as a drug mule in Taiwan who gains supernatural ability and becomes a fighting machine.

In the preview, Johansson said it was her first shoot in Taipei.

She said the city residents were friendly and she felt free to explore. In Taiwan, when the shooting of a movie starts, a religious ritual is usually held, Johansson said, adding that this was a special experience for her.

“Lucy” is produced by EuropaCorp and Gaul’s TF1 Film production, with backing from paybox Canal Plus. “Lucy” started shooting in mid-September at Besson’s Cite du Cinema megastudio in the outskirts of Paris.

Universal will release the film in Manila on August 6.

Check the official trailer and other movie info of Scarlett Johansson in ‘Lucy’ here.

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