Acclaimed French director Luc Besson returns to the sci-fi genre in your #SundayNightMovie, Lucy, on 20 September at 20:05 on M-Net and 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere.
Cast as the title character is Scarlett Johansson, playing a student who is unwittingly turned into a drug mule. When she is dosed with a powerful drug, Lucy finds herself gifted with supernatural abilities, which include telekinesis, telepathy and a heightened pain threshold.
Although Johansson does not easily veer away from being cast as the ingénue, she tries to find interesting stories and characters by working with Hollywood’s most distinguished directors. Having made movies with Spike Jonze, Sofia Coppola, Christopher Nolan, and Woody Allen three times, she added Besson to her impressive résumé with Lucy.
We have Besson to thank for bringing Natalie Portman to the attention of critics and audience members alike. Casting her in Léon, in what would be her feature film debut, the 13-year-old Portman astounded everyone with a powerful performance alongside Jean Reno and Gary Oldman. Johansson’s performance under Besson’s direction, alongside his stylish treatment of sci-fi, thus makes Lucy a must-watch.
Joining the cast is a man who needs little introduction. Morgan Freeman, an actor who has played both God and the President of the United States, takes on the part of a scientist whom Lucy turns to for help. Playing the villain, simply called Mr. Jang, is South Korean actor Choi Min-sik, renowned for his role in the original version of Oldboy.
With a fine cast such as this, and an action-packed story to boot, you can’t miss Lucy, your #SundayNightMovie at 20:05 on M-Net and 20:30 on M-Net Movies Premiere.