It’s being reported that actor Morgan Freeman may be joining the cast of “Lucy,” a new TV series spinoff of Luc Besson’s 2014 sci-fi film. Variety has reported that Freeman is in “advanced negotiations” to reprise his role as Professor Norman in the series, which is being developed by EuropaCorp and Village Roadshow. The original film, which starred Scarlett Johansson in the title role, earned $460 million worldwide and became the highest-grossing French film in history.
While plot details have not been revealed, it’s speculated that the new “Lucy” spinoff will pick up where the film left off. It told the story of a woman, mentored by Norman, who gained psychokinetic powers after being injected with a drug by her captors.
Besson is a film director, writer, and producer of such well-regarded movies as “Léon: The Professional,” “The Fifth Element,” “La Femme Nikita,” and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.”
The 85-year-old Freeman is an Oscar-winning actor who first came to prominence in the 1970s children’s series “The Electric Company.” He has since played roles in such films as “Driving Miss Daisy,” “Glory,” “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Se7en,” “Amistad,” and “Million Dollar Baby.” His most recent role was in Anna Gutto’s “Paradise Highway,” in which he played a seasoned officer combatting human trafficking.
No release date has yet been announced for the “Lucy” spinoff. As reported by CBR.com: It’s currently unknown whether Freeman’s Lucy spinoff will also serve as a sequel of sorts given that EuropaCorp has been pushing for a follow-up for several years.” It was also reported by that media outlet that Besson had already completed an early draft of a script, but it never went into production.
The team of EuropaCorp and Village Roadshow, which are both owned by Vine Alternative Investments, a New York hedge fund, was also behind “DogMan,” starring Caleb Landry Jones.