Lucy, the latest film from renowned French director Luc Besson, arrives in U.S. theaters on July 25. In the film, Scarlett Johansson plays the title character, who is forced to become a drug mule for a criminal gang in Taiwan. However, after she accidentally absorbs the drugs that have been stashed in her body, Lucy acquires superhuman powers. As seen in the trailer above, the film uses the premise that humans are only using 10 percent of their brain and that the drugs ingested by Lucy somehow unlocked her brain’s full potential. Besides Johansson, Lucy also stars Morgan Freeman as a scientist who is researching the human brain.
Johansson is becoming a familiar face to fans of action films from her recurring role as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, a highly trained martial arts expert and S.H.I.E.L.D. operative who has appeared in Iron Man 2, The Avengers, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But based on the trailer for Lucy, it appears that Johansson’s character in this film will be an even more formidable fighter than Black Widow.
For Luc Besson, Lucy is just one of the many films that he has directed that feature a strong female lead character. While many of Besson’s movies include female characters with amazing martial arts fighting abilities or gun skills, some of his other films also feature women who are spiritually or mentally tough. Although none of the characters in his other films have the Neo-like abilities that Lucy possesses, they are each incredibly strong in their own way. Here are five other memorable female characters featured in Luc Besson-directed films.