Lucy Trailer Shoots In

Scarlett Johansson is back in action

We already know that Scarlett Johansson can kick ass: her rendition of Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff in the Marvel cinematic universe should surely be evidence of that. Luc Besson clearly also saw the action heroine lurking within the dramatic actress and has Johansson starring in his latest thriller, Lucy, which has a new trailer fresh in.

brightcove.createExperiences();Johansson plays the titular young woman living in a futuristic Asian city. Kidnapped one night, she’s knocked out and has drug packages sewn into her stomach. When one of the packs accidentally leaks into her blood stream, it fires up unused portions of her brain, giving her strength, speed, knowledge and abilities beyond those of normal humans.

Soon, she’s on a mission to track down and stop the people responsible for her situation, with some help from Morgan Freeman’s professor, who knows a thing or two about the workings of the human mind. What's more, Freeman is always handy when plot details need explanations from the voice of God.

The trailer premiered last week during Universal’s CinemaCon presentation to applause and while it does seem to be another excuse for Besson to throw high concept action on the screen, there’s definitely promise here. Lucy hits US screens on August 8 before making it over here on August 22.