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Apparently Scarlett Johansson is the perfect woman, at least according to aliens. This is the basic premise behind “Under the Skin”, a new science-fiction project Jonathan Glazer, the writer/director of “Sexy Beast”, is working on for FilmNation.
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
“Johansson plays an alien on earth, disguised as the perfect aesthetic form of a mesmerizing woman. She scours remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snare human prey—her voracious sexuality.” But, wait, there’s more. “She is deadly efficient, but over time becomes drawn to and changed by the complexity of life on earth. With this new found humanity and weakening alien resolve, she finds herself on a collision course with her own kind. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.”
In Glazer’s hands this could prove to be interesting, a commentary on humans and humanity and all that, but it also sounds like it could wind up being a little silly. Seriously, “voracious sexuality”? I can’t read that without a chuckle. I guess we’ll see.
To be honest, I’m pretty indifferent to Johansson. She’s pretty and all, but while I won’t purposely avoid something she’s in, I won’t go see a film because of her, either. Though I do have a friend whose “Iron Man 2” viewing experience was completely ruined by what he called her “Clydesdaling about”.
Glazer co-wrote the script for “Under the Skin”, based on the novel by Michel Faber, with Walter Campbell. Production is tentatively slated to begin in the late spring of 2011, after Johansson finishes filming “The Avengers” this winter.