'Under the Skin' Extended Trailer: Scarlett Johansson, Alien Seductress

Monday, 23 September 2013 11:17 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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'Under the Skin' Extended Trailer: Scarlett Johansson, Alien Seductress

A new extended trailer makes it clear that, despite any superficial similarities, Under the Skin is nothing like Species.

See, Under the Skin stars Scarlett Johansson as Laura, an extraterrestrial disguised as a human whom who uses her not-inconsiderable feminine wiles to seduce and ensnare Earthling men for presumably nefarious purposes.  On paper, that sounds a whole lot like the 1995 schlock tale in which Natasha Henstridge played Sil, a sensual alien looking to breed with a human man at any cost.

This trailer doesn't waste much time in establishing that Under the Skin is a whole different beast, though.  It could not, in fact, look farther from Species.  This film instead looks strange and surreal, with an arthouse feel that combines unnerving, often inexplicable imagery with a disconcerting score by Peter Raeburn.

So throw away your softcore dreams of what Under the Skin could be; it's something else entirely.  The extended trailer, courtesy of The Film Stage, finds Laura scouring the Scottish highlands for unsuspecting menfolk before turning into a procession of striking and confounding visuals. See for yourself:

See?  Not like Species at all.  Not like Species II, III, or Species: The Awakening, either.

Under the Skin has entirely different things on its mind.  It begins like a science fiction horror story, but the official description says it turns into "a lyrical evocation of solitude and estrangement and a mournful lament for ephemeral earthly beauty."

The film proved divisive at the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto film festivals recently.  Though there's no release date, distributor A24 picked up domestic release rights to Under the Skin at Toronto this month.

Johansson stars alongside writer-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this Friday's winning comedy Don Jon.  She'll also play Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow for the third time in next April's Captain America: The Winter Soldier.  Expect Under the Skin to join the Cap sequel at some point in 2014.

Director Jonathan Glazer is known best for his 2000 feature directorial debut Sexy Beast, though he also helmed the 2004 film Birth starring Nicole Kidman.  He co-wrote the Under the Skin screenplay with Walter Campbell, adapting the novel by Michel Faber.

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