The city of Taipei co-stars in Scarlett Johansson's new movie, 'Lucy'
Scarlett Johansson's new movie, Lucy, will be officially released on July 25. According to its famous French director Luc Besson, he had always wanted to film in Taipei ever since he stayed there 20 years ago. In the new film, we'll get to see the city of Taipei in a whole new light through the director's lens and vision.
It was all very secretive when Lucy was filmed in October of last year in Taipei. Scarlett Johansson had a hoodie or hat on whenever she was out in public to avoid being seen. During the 11 days of filming, Luc Besson was bothered by the constant attention and sometimes intrusion by the media frenzy, and he blasted in particular the paparazzi from Hong Kong.
Luc Besson said that he had visited Taipei 20 years ago when he was scouting for locations for filming The Fifth Element. He liked the location, the food and the people of Taipei so much that he decided to film Lucy there, and coincidentally, he even stayed at the same hotel as he did the previous time. A major filming location was Taipei 101, one of the world's tallest buildings.
Judging from the synopsis, Lucy should be a very exciting thriller. Johansson plays a woman who was forcibly implanted with drugs to turn her into a drug mule. The drugs started leaking and unexpectedly transformed her brain to unleash superpowers. Co-starring Morgan Freeman and South Korean actor Choi Min-sik, the movie was also filmed in Paris and New York City.
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Here's the official trailer:
Another official trailer released by Universal is in English and subbed in Chinese. This is quite interesting to watch, especially if you are learning or practicing Chinese.
We also have an extra trailer showing behind-the-scene moments with extra tidbits from Scarlett Johansson and Luc Besson talking about their experiences while filming Lucy.