In "Iron Man 2," "The Avengers," and next spring's "Captain America: Winter Soldier," Scarlett Johansson has exhibited (and will exhibit) her ability to kick, punch, and head-butt with the best of them. And now she's going to get to use those skills again, after just having signed on to Luc Besson's forthcoming thriller "Lucy," according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The ludicrously amazing (or is it amazingly ludicrous?) plot of "Lucy" involves Johansson's character having to become a drug mule for some nefarious types. But instead of transporting the drug, it goes into her system and basically turns her into Bradley Cooper from "Limitless" -- according to the report she can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can't feel pain and other discomforts." Presumably she uses these new abilities to get back at the guys who forced her into the drug mule business.

Besson will write and direct, as well as produce through his Europa Corp shingle. In recent years, Besson, once known for his highbrow genre fare like "The Professional" and more earnest stabs at historical dramas like "The Messenger" and 2011's sorely underrated "The Lady," has largely moved away from directing and instead writes and produces a whole squadron of critically crummy low-budget genre movies.

The man who made the art house hit "Le Femme Nikita" has, in his capacity as the Euro-version Roger Corman, has made three "Transformer" movies, two "Taken" films, two Jet Li kung-fu movies, two parkour-based thrillers, and whatever "Colombiana" and "Lockout" turned out to be. Later this year, he has the somewhat promising mob movie "Malavita" opening, which he both wrote and directed, and stars Robert De Niro, Tommy Lee Jones, and Michelle Pfieffer.

Johansson, for her part, will appear later this year in Joseph Gordon Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon" and (god willing) will be seen in Jonathan Glazer's long-gestating sci-fi sex movie "Under the Skin." She'll start in on "Lucy" after her commitments on "Captain America: Winter Soldier" are complete.

[via Hollywood Reporter]

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