Scarlett Johansson finally gets superpowers in upcoming film Lucy

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Mar 29, 2014, 12:00 PM EDT (Updated)

What's the one thing missing from Scarlett Johansson's portrayal of Black Widow? Superpowers, of course. But the actress will get that fixed later this summer.

Johansson is set to appear in Lucy, a new movie from writer/director Luc Besson (The Fifth ElementThe Professional). In the film, she plays a young woman who, while forced to work as a drug mule, accidentally ingests a mysterious drug that gives her powers well beyond those of a normal human being.

According to Slashfilm, with the drug in her system Lucy can "absorb knowledge instantaneously, is able to move objects with her mind and can’t feel pain and other discomforts.” 

All of which could probably come in handy for Natasha Romanoff, who just has to rely on her martial arts skills, experience with a gun and hacking abilities. 

Besson told EW, which also debuted the first photo from the film (see below), "I love to see a woman as a very strong character. It’s like cooking: sugar with a bit of salt, and Lucy definitely can get salty.”

With Besson behind the camera, we're sure that Johansson's Lucy will cook up some thrilling action sequences in the film, which also stars Morgan Freeman and Analeigh Tipton.

Johansson is on a bit of a sci-fi/superhero tear: In addition to her third turn as the Widow in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, she'll also appear as an alien seductress in Under the Skinwhich happens to open the same day as Captain America, April 4. Now you can add Lucy to that run of genre goodness. 

Watch for a first trailer next Wednesday (April 2) via iTunes. Lucy opens in theaters on Aug. 8.

Scarlett Johansson in Lucy