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Scarlett Johansson is Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” and I’ll Have What She’s Having

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy

I would like to have a serious chat with Ms Scarlett Johansson about her choices over the past four years.

First it was Black Widow, the expertly trained spy/assassin who runs around with a bunch of genetically-, magically-, or cybernetically-enhanced individuals


(Yes, that trailer’s in Polish. Yes, it’s kind of awesome that way.)

Then it was the voice of Samantha, the autonomous and creatively intelligent operating system, in Spike Jonze’s Her–a film nearly perfect in its treatment and portrayal of advanced ACI’s.

Next came Laura, the alien intelligence in 2013’s Under The Skin (still need to see this one).

True, there’ve been some other projects in there, but when you put all of them together, we start to be able to ask certain Important Questionsâ„¢. Questions like, “How do you feel about the possibility of augmented personhood,” and “Don’t you think ‘Artificial’ is kind of a prejudicial starting point?” Or maybe that’s just me.

Anyway, on top of all of this, now comes her role as the eponymous Lucy in Luc Besson‘s upcoming film. Here, watch this:

There. You see what I mean? It’s like the sequel to Limitless–and one that answers two of my major issues with that film– meets nanotech meets genetic augmentation.

I would like to have a deep and in-depth conversation about some Things and some Themes, so Ms. Johansson? Let’s get our people in touch.