Over the weekend, Universal released a new one-sheet for Luc Besson’s Lucy, which you can see down below.
But the bigger news is that the studio has bumped up the release date a full two weeks, meaning we’ll get to see Scarlett Johansson’s expanded mind powers on July 25th as opposed to early July.
This might be seen as a vote of confidence in Lucy, putting it head-to-head against Brett Ratner’s Hercules (I can see the headlines now: “Scarlett Johnansson vs. The Rock”). It also moves Lucy out of the way of Guardians of the Galaxy, which will have been in theaters for a week at that point and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles which, let’s face it, would have to be hot garbage to not be competition when it comes out on August 8th.
I won’t lie: I’m hoping Lucy isn’t just good, but connects with audiences. It’s not just that I’m in the bag for the movie’s preposterous and utterly fun-sounding concept (although, I am), but a win here could hopefully put Luc Besson back in the director’s chair for more action films. The French filmmaker has been writing and producing a string of successful films for the last 15 years, but since The Fifth Element, has stayed away from this kind of project, dipping his toe into comedy and animation.
Plus, a successful run for Lucy could perhaps start nudging some executives out there to greenlight more women-driven action films because in what world would anyone not want more butt-kicking heroines?
Here’s the official synopsis:
“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.”