Michael Bay (“Armageddon,” “Pearl Harbor”) directs the futuristic action thriller “The Island,” starring Ewan McGregor (“Star Wars: Episodes I, II & III,” “Moulin Rouge!”) and Scarlett Johansson (“Lost in Translation,” “Girl With a Pearl Earring”).

Lincoln Six-Echo (McGregor) is a resident of a seemingly utopian but contained facility in the mid-21st century. Like all of the inhabitants of this carefully controlled environment, Lincoln hopes to be chosen to go to the “The Island”-reportedly the last uncontaminated spot on the planet-until he makes a terrible discovery that everything about his existence is a lie and that he is actually more valuable dead than alive. Together with a beautiful fellow resident named Jordan Two-Delta (Johansson), Lincoln makes a daring escape to the outside world he’s never known. Now, with the forces of the institute that once housed them relentlessly hunting them down, Lincoln and Jordan engage in a desperate race for their lives.

Rounding out the main cast of “The Island” are OscarĀ® nominee Djimon Hounsou (“In America,” “Gladiator”) as the head of the security team sent to hunt down Lincoln and Jordan; Steve Buscemi (“Ghost World,” “Armageddon”) as a man who befriends Lincoln despite working for the institute; and OscarĀ® nominee Michael Clarke Duncan (“The Green Mile,” “Armageddon”) as another resident who is selected to go to “The Island.”

Michael Bay directed “The Island” from a screenplay by Caspian Tredwell-Owen (“Beyond Borders”), and Alex Kurtzman (TV’s “Alias”) & Roberto Orci (TV’s “Alias”). Walter F. Parkes (“The Ring,” “Gladiator”), Michael Bay, Ian Bryce (“Spider-Man,” “Saving Private Ryan”) and Laurie MacDonald (“The Ring,” “Men in Black”) are producing. “The Island” is a co-production of DreamWorks Pictures and Warner Bros. Pictures, with DreamWorks distributing the film domestically and Warner Bros. handling the international release.