''The Island'' will come out in July -- Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson get ready to run in Michael Bay's new sci-fi thriller

By EW Staff
Updated January 17, 2005 at 05:00 AM EST
  • Movie

I have never had to run so much in my life,” says Scarlett Johansson. ”I’ve been hurtled across strange, dimly lit alleyways and had to lie on the back of a flying motorcycle. Certainly nothing I’ve ever had to do before.” Well, Johansson has never done a Michael Bay movie before. Nor has she starred with Ewan McGregor as clones who go on the lam once they discover they’re nothing more than spare parts (think Matrix meets Logan’s Run). To be frank, the actress has found her first action role a little taxing: ”I know that when [Bay] says ‘Action,’ we’re going to be running somewhere . . . And it always seems that we’re jumping into huge nets.”

The Island also marks some firsts for Bay: It’s his first outing without producer Jerry Bruckheimer (they’ve made such blockbusters as Armageddon and Bad Boys I and II) and his first foray into futuristic sci-fi. ”It’s weird to say it’s a movie about clones. I don’t even like the word clones,” he says. ”It makes it sound really geeky. But the movie’s not geeky in any way.”

The Island

  • Movie
  • PG-13
  • 138 minutes
  • Michael Bay