Casting News | Morgan Freeman

MORGAN-FREEMANLike a fine wine that never goes out of style, filmmakers can’t get enough of Oscar winner Morgan Freeman. Next up for the ever-busy actor, he is negotiating to co-star with Scarlett Johansson in Luc Besson‘s next action-thriller Lucy.

The film centers on Johansson’s title character who is forced to become a drug mule and is subsequently transformed into an ass-kicking machine when a highly-specialized drug enters her system. As Lucy races against the clock to survive, her new abilities allow her to see into the future, move objects with her mind and disregard pain and other emotions.

Freeman will play a professor well-versed in evolution and the capabilities of the human brain, who Lucy is on a mission to find before she dies.

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Known for his strong female protagonists (La Femme Nikita, Joan of Arc, The Professional and The Fifth Element), Besson wrote the script and will produce Lucy.

Production on the thriller will begin after Johansson wraps Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Freeman, who recently starred in Oblivion, Now You See Me and Olympus Has Fallen, will next be seen in the comedy Last Vegas, which hits theaters Nov. 1. He’s currently filming Transcendence and is also voicing a role in The Lego Movie.

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