Scarlett Johansson to Star in Luc Besson’s Latest Actioner, LUCY; Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo Join Dan Gillroy’s Indie Thriller, NIGHTCRAWLER

     April 25, 2013


Check out the latest casting news below:

  • Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers) is set to lead the new action flick from writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element) titled Lucy.  Besson once again features a female ass-kicker in the lead and puts a new spin on drug mule stories with this new script.
  • Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) and Rene Russo (Ransom) will star in writer/director Dan Gillroy’s indie, Nightcrawler.  The story centers on a young freelance journalist who explores L.A. by night while working the crime beat.

Hit the jump for more.

Heat Vision reports scarlett-johansson-lucythat Johansson is in final negotiations to lead Besson’s Lucy.  The title character “is a woman who is forced to become a drug mule. But the drug instead goes into her system, transforming her into an ass-kicking machine. She can absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.”  Johansson certainly has ass-kicking training down after her stints as Black Widow in both The Avengers and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  She is currently filming the Cap sequel and would move onto Lucy after wrapping.

Variety reports that Gyllenhaal will lead Nightcrawler with Russo co-starring.  The film will be the directorial debut of Dan Gillroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy with his brother, Tony Gillroy; the duo will co-produce the thriller.  Gyllenhaal will be seen later this year opposite Hugh Jackman in Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, and may replace Jude Law in Gavin O’Connor’s Jane Got a Gun, which recently got off to a rocky start.

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