French film director Luc Besson (L) and his wife, producer Virginie Silla, attend the premiere of his latest movie "Lucy" in Taipei August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang
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Besson, whose other sci-fi hit, "The Fifth Element" (1997), starred Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich, has turned to the versatile Scarlett Johansson to play the Lucy of the title.Besson has praised Johansson for her performance -- but also her punctuality.The special effects-laden movie is released by Universal Pictures and was made for a relatively inexpensive $40 million, according to the movie site Box Office Mojo.The film, which also stars Morgan Freeman as a university professor who helps Lucy understand what is happening to her, has already taken in more than $128.9 million worldwide, according to Screen Daily.
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