Writer-director Luc Besson loves writing strong female leads for his films ('Nikita,' 'The Professional' and 'Angel-A,' all feature women playing badass characters). For his latest movie, 'The Lady,' Besson examines a different type of female strength. Starring Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi, a Burmese politician put under house arrest for 10 years, 'The Lady' focuses on personal sacrifices and love during political turmoil. The first official trailer for 'The Lady' has premiered, and it's easy to see why Yeoh has been garnering early Oscar buzz for the role.
Nikita is a very French child and she comes from a family that doesn’t care. So that’s why she probably takes drugs and she’s hanging around -- she’s lost. She’s like a tree where you cut the roots. She has no roots. The entire character of Cataleya is based on roots. She’s going to spend 15 years of her life to avenge her roots. So the characters are really, totally different. Nikita is more the entire society lying to her, saying, “If you’re a good girl, we’re going to give you roots.” And they lied. She worked for the government to do a dirty job, and when she realized that she will have nothing from nowhere, then she has to leave.