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Director Jonathan Glazer talks about how the film – which stars Johansson as an alien driving round Glasgow in a van – came to obsess him
In early 2001, Jonathan Glazer began planning his next film. The director was then 35, a wildly sought-after maker of music videos and adverts who had just released his first film, the singular gangster movie Sexy Beast. His next was to be an adaptation of Michel Faber's cult novel Under the Skin. The project ended up on ice. Work didn't start until 2004.
Ten years later, Under the Skin is finished, and Glazer is in a publicists' office in Soho, a well-preserved Londoner with a thicket of dark hair, tall enough to verge on the looming. Having spent almost all his 40s getting the film made, he must feel like a different man from the one who began it?
"Well. Hmm. I … God. That's a teaser." He stalls. »
- Danny Leigh
The film, directed by Sexy Beast and Birth's Jonathan Glazer, is based on Michel Faber's science fiction novel about an extraterrestrial on Earth who takes the form of a woman in order to lure hitchhikers to their deaths.
In the world exclusive clip above, a transit van-driving Johansson uses her charms to pick up a Glasgow local.
Under the Skin premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last September and will be released in the UK on March 14. The Us release follows on April 4.
Photo gallery - Under the Skin in pictures: »
Under The Skin is the story of an alien in human form. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it’s a film about seeing our world through alien eyes.
Directed by Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) and starring Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Captain America) – the film is released in cinemas on the 14 March. To celebrate we’re treating our readers an opportunity to win some exciting merchandise including:
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Who wrote the score for Under The Skin?
A) Mica Levi
B) Lykke Li
C) Hans Zimmer »
- Dan Bullock
As we spend a month looking at the great Stanley Kubrick, we can also look at the filmmakers who were clearly influenced by Kubrick. “Kubrickian” films tend to exercise incredible control of the camera, are extremely ambitious, tend to deal with much weightier themes, and always maintain a sense of mystery, like a there’s an invisible fog always hovering over the film. This list could be sharply focused on about five directors working today but, though a number of these filmmakers appear in this list of 40, we’re spreading the wealth a bit. Let’s get to it.
40. Watchmen (2009)
Directed by Zack Snyder
What makes it Kubrickian? It’s surprisingly cold and detail-oriented, unlike most of Zack Snyder’s other work (well, detail-oriented in a positive way). Watchmen is based on the acclaimed graphic novel of the same name by David Gibbons and Alan Moore, about a desolate alternative »
- Joshua Gaul
Psychological mystery starring Nicole Kidman as a widow who is confronted by a 10-year-old boy (Cameron Bright) who claims to be her dead husband. To the obvious alarm of her mother (Lauren Bacall) and new fiance (Danny Huston), she gradually becomes convinced he's telling the truth. The writer-director of Sexy Beast raises interesting questions on the power of grief and the possibility of reincarnation. »
The official Us trailer has checked in for Under the Skin, the sci-fi thriller that stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien seductress. Honestly, do you need anything else to sell you on this one? Please, Scarlett, probe us. Thanks, we'll wait!
Under the Skin arrives March 14th in the UK, April 4th in New York and Los Angeles, and April 11th everywhere else.
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. »
- Uncle Creepy
Take another look @ a restricted 'red-band' trailer, plus more unearthly footage from "Sexy Beast" director Jonathan Glazer's new science fiction drama, "Under the Skin", opening April 2014 in North America, starring Scarlett Johansson.
The new film, adapting author Michel Faber's 2000 novel, stars Johansson as a vicious and vivacious extraterrestial:
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Under The Skin"...
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- Michael Stevens
A24 just unveiled the full trailer for the upcoming "Under the Skin" sci-fi film, which is directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) and stars Scarlett Johansson as an alien. Check it out below. In the movie, Johansson will scour remote highways and desolate scenery looking to use her greatest weapon to snake human prey - her voracious sexuality. Her goal is to abduct hitchhikers and take them back to her home world, where human meat is considered a delicacy. 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. "Under the Skin" is set to hit theaters on April 4th, in limited release. »
Ahead of its release this Spring, a pair of new posters have arrived online for the upcoming sci-fi thriller Under the Skin, which stars Scarlett Johansson (The Avengers, Her) as an alien seductress roaming the Scottish Highlands and preying upon poor unsuspecting men to have her wicked way with. So, what's the downside? Well, she's also harvesting them. Take a look...
Update - And here's a new trailer...
In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, sent from afar and equipped with enough human language and awesome seductive power to capture, destroy and presumably send home human males. And then, her curiosity about her human body and an accidental act of pity disrupt her mission.
- Gary Collinson
From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between.
Check out the brand new trailer below.
In his Telluride Film Festival review, William Goss (film.com) wrote, “… casting the gorgeous Johansson is a masterstroke, but the actress works wonders with the sparse dialogue and an often passive demeanor.”
A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again.
Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), Under The Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until »
- Michelle McCue
It seem as if Miss. Johansson will quite literally transcend from the grand pedestal of male desire to a role that is out of this world this year as she dons the part of a seductress unlike any other. Jonathan Glazer, who you may have heard of due to his work on Sexy Beast and Birth, directs what looks to be another in a long line of existential ‘what if’ scenarios that seem to be flocking to the silver screen lately (think Spike Jonze’s Her) and we should welcome it with open arms. High hopes seem to be what’s fueling the fire for Under The Skin, and perhaps rightfully so considering the dark, gritty tone reminiscient of Kubrick. With it, Johansson who terrifies and tantalises alike, playing an intensely powerful protagonist that can literally mesmerise men to the point of disappearance. Fingers crossed that Glazer tells the ‘alien »
- Matthew Ceo
Today we've got two full trailers for Scarlett Johansson's seductive and eerie sci-fi thriller called Under The Skin. The movie was directed by Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) and according to the review quotes in the trailer, the movie is supposed to be really freakin' good. They're comparing it to the work of Stanley Kubrick. It definitely looks like a movie that I want to see. I love the eerie, dark tone of the film.
A masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White »
- Joey Paur
As we draw closer to the theatrical release of Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, the trailers are becoming more detailed and yet remain opaque. Here's the official synopsis: "An alien seductress preys upon hitchhikers in Scotland." That it's! But that's all you really need, isn't it, with Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) in the director's chair, Scarlett Johansson as the alien, and a new trailer that unnerves at a cellular level. The film opens in UK cinemas on March 14; in the U.S., it opens first in New York and Los Angeles on April 4 before expanding across the country on April 11....
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In the damp gloom of the northern UK, an extraterrestrial predator stalks the streets and moors. She may look like a beautiful woman, but she’s actually an ageless entity out to seduce and consume the unwary.
Reading this synopsis for the upcoming science-fiction thriller Under the Skin, one would probably not expect a film full of exacting cinematography, Lynchian surrealism, and metaphysical contemplation. And yet, a series of trailers – including the new stateside preview above – have confirmed a project with aspirations higher than simple scares and titillation.
Indeed, the movie in question is not just some Z-grade offshoot of the “aroused, deadly alien” cliché. Under the Skin is the latest from acclaimed director Brian Glazer (Sexy Beast) and star Scarlett Johansson (Captain America: The Winter Soldier). Having received (generally) positive buzz during 2013 festival season, Under the ...
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- Kyle Hembree
Director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) brings his visionary style back to the big screen with his first film since 2004's Birth, the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin. Following the poster from yesterday and the red band trailer from last month A24 Films has released the third trailer starring Scarlett Johansson as a seductive alien who lures men to their deaths. This adaptation of Michel Faber's novel examines life as we know it, as seen through a much different perspective. Paul Brannigan, Krystof Hádek and Jessica Mance co-star in this upcoming film, debuting in theaters April 4.
Under the Skin comes to theaters April 4th, 2014 and stars Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan, Krystof Hádek, Jessica Mance, Scott Dymond, Joe Szula, Michael Moreland, Lee Fanning. The film is directed by Jonathan Glazer. »
A24 acquired the rights in September, a day after its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. The film, directed by Jonathan Glazer (“Sexy Beast”), stars Johansson as an alien seductress who seeks out hitchhikers.
“You don’t want to wake up, do you?” she intones near the end of the trailer.
A24 will launch “Under the Skin” in limited release on April 4, then expand in the following frame.
- Dave McNary
"When was the last time you touched someone?" Following the most recent teaser and official poster for the erotic sci-fi drama Under the Skin, the full theatrical trailer for the festival circuit film starring Scarlett Johansson has arrived. The visuals look gorgeous and there's some pretty bold praise comparing director Jonathan Glazer (Birth, Sexy Beast) to Stanley Kubrick. This easily seems like the oddest film Johansson has done before, but it looks like a mesmerizing, sexy ride. Thankfully, the trailer doesn't give much away, leaving plenty of mystery for anyone curious enough to see this film when it arrives in the spring. Watch it! Here's the new trailer for Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin form A24: And here's a slightly different UK trailer from Studio Canal UK: In search of loners, Laura (Scarlett Johansson) drives around the exquisitely moody landscapes of the Scottish highlands. She’s an alien, »
- Ethan Anderton
Following yesterday's terrific poster, StudioCanal has released a new trailer for Jonathan Glazer's sci-fi film Under the Skin. The strange story features Scarlett Johansson as an alien whose sexuality lures men into an abyss, but she begins to start questioning her actions as she develops an emotional connection with humans. That brief synopsis doesn't do much justice to this cerebral picture, but the trailer does a good job of conveying the off-kilter tone. It also features blurbs from critics who are ecstatic about the movie; I am not one of them. One of the blurbs even compares the movie to Kubrick, but I would say a far more apt comparison is 1976's The Man Who Fell to Earth. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Under the Skin opens in the U.K. on March 14th. The film opens in L.A. and New York on April 4th, followed »
- Matt Goldberg
The first official trailer for "Under the Skin" has arrived, and it's definitely a sexy, spooky, strange one.
Scarlett Johansson stars in this adaptation of the novel by Michel Farber, and it seems like the kind of movie that is best to see without knowing too much going in. Johansson plays an unnamed woman who cruises the Scottish countryside to pick up male hitchhikers. What happens then? Well, who's to say? You can probably find some reviews that spoil it for you, but wouldn't you rather watch this trailer over and over again in anticipation? Whatever it is, it looks like bad news -- for the guys, at least.
"Under the Skin" is described as a science-fiction film, but it looks like there are some definite body horror elements in there. The title itself is creepy and evocative. Things that get under your skin include but are not limited to: flesh-eating bacteria, »
- Jenni Miller
From writer/director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) omes a stunning career transformation, a masterpiece of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial — or something in between. A voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring this succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber (The Crimson Petal and the White), Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. Under the Skin is scheduled for »
- Pietro Filipponi
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