- Share this article on Facebook
- Share this article on Twitter
- Share this article on Flipboard
- Share this article on Email
- Show additional share options
- Share this article on Linkedin
- Share this article on Pinit
- Share this article on Reddit
- Share this article on Tumblr
- Share this article on Whatsapp
- Share this article on Print
- Share this article on Comment
Scarlett Johansson has been spotted around Taipei this week, shooting scenes for Luc Besson’s upcoming action-thriller Lucy.
Local press have published photos of Johansson, Besson and crew working outside Taiwan’s Regent Taipei hotel. The actress is seen wearing a leopard-print jacket and skimpy dress as she works through several scenes opposite a man in a cowboy hat behind security lines.
VIDEO: Scarlett Johansson as Sex Predator in Terrifying ‘Under the Skin’ Trailer
In the film, which Besson also wrote, Johansson plays a woman forced to become a drug mule. But the drug accidentally goes into her body, mysteriously granting her superhuman powers. She can absorb knowledge instantly, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain or distress.
Besson reportedly has been none too pleased about the widespread attention in the Taiwanese press — and fervent media activity around his set. According to a report carried by leading local news network Focus Taiwan News Channel, Besson is “extremely angry” about the media scrum and TV cameras swirling around his locations. The production is said to be taking extra security measures and setting up obstructions around the set today.
Lucy is the biggest Hollywood production to shoot in Taiwan since local hero Ang Lee’s Life of Pi.
One of Lee’s sons, Lee Chun, has a part in the film, as does Morgan Freeman (no sign of him in Taiwan yet).
VIDEO: Scarlett Johansson Talks About Portraying an “Exotic Insect” in ‘Under the Skin’
The Taipei Financial Center Company, which owns the city’s landmark skyscraper Taipei 101, has confirmed that Besson’s crew will be doing both aerial and interior shots of the skyscraper. Taipei 101 was the world’s tallest building until the opening of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010.
Lucy is due out in 2014. The project is being touted as a return to the director’s heroine-led action heyday of the 1990s, when he released La Femme Nikita, Joan of Arc, The Professional and The Fifth Element.
Universal has taken worldwide distribution rights with the exception of France, Benelux and China.
Sign up for THR news straight to your inbox every day
More from The Hollywood Reporter
Sharon Stone Discusses Challenges With Getting Work Since Her Stroke, Rails Against “Anti-Woke Bullsh**” at THR’s Raising Our Voices Event
Harassment in Hollywood
Los Angeles District Attorney Decides Against Bringing Charges in Armie Hammer Sexual Misconduct Case
Boston University President Accuses 2023 Graduates of “Cancel Culture” After They Boo David Zaslav During Commencement
Raising Our Voices
“Can I Invite You to Think Differently About Me?” A Candid Convo Between THR Trailblazers Eva Longoria and Niecy Nash-Betts