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Scarlett Johansson spotted on set in Taipei

TAIPEI -- Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson was spotted shooting scenes for French director Luc Besson's action thriller “Lucy” in Taipei yesterday.

Johansson, twice named the sexiest woman alive by Esquire Magazine, was sporting a leopard print jacket and a V-line dress in front of the Regent Taipei hotel.

She appeared to be in a scene with a male actor, who was wearing a cowboy hat.

Signs have been erected by the Taipei Film Commission near the hotel announcing that streets around the hotel will be blocked Oct. 21-24. The front door of the hotel was also closed, reportedly for the shooting of the film.

The Taipei Financial Center Co., which owns the Taipei 101 skyscraper, confirmed earlier that the film crew will take aerial shots of the skyscraper.

The action movie is reportedly about a woman, played by Johansson, working in Taiwan as a drug mule, who gains supernatural ability and becomes a fighting machine.

The film is the largest Hollywood film to be shot in Taiwan after Oscar-winning Taiwanese director Ang Lee's 3D epic adventure film “Life of Pi.” Johansson has appeared in such blockbusters as “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers.” Besson is best known for his 1997 movie “The Fifth Element.” His latest works include “The Lady” and the “Taken” series.

A day earlier, many local media camped out at the Regent Taipei, where Besson is staying, but the presence of the press appeared to bother the director, who showed up later that day and told journalists not to disturb his work.

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Scarlett Johansson, second right, twice named the sexiest woman alive by an American magazine, sports a leopard print jacket and a V-line dress in front of the Regent Taipei hotel while French director Luc Besson's team shoots a scene for a new movie called “Lucy” in Taipei, yesterday. (CNA)

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