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Hollywood's new female action stars

Actresses such as Scarlett Johansson are fighting their way to becoming the new action stars on the big screen

Published on Aug 20, 2014 12:30 PM

Anew squad of female actresses is picking up the action heroine mantle from Sigourney Weaver, Linda Hamilton and Uma Thurman.

They are led by Scarlett Johansson, twice declared Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine, who is elbowing in on the action with her new film Lucy after outings as Black Widow in 2012's The Avengers and this year's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

As Lucy, she gets to fire guns, cause some serious hurt and basically leave any man silly enough to go after her looking like a bumbling fool. The film opens in cinemas tomorrow.

As Katniss Everdeen, Jennifer Lawrence has powered The Hunger Games film franchise into a global hit. The first film in 2012 earned US$691 million (S$860 million) while the second instalment Catching Fire (2013) was a scorcher with US$865 million in takings.

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