Glazer gets Under The Skin
by Naman Ramachandran
British director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast) will commence an eight-week shoot from October at Scottish locations for science-fiction film Under The Skin.
The film is based on Dutch-born Scottish author Michel Faber’s eponymous novel, adapted for the screen by Walter Campbell. Scarlett Johannson 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. 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.
Under The Skin is produced by Nick Wechsler (Last Night [+see also:
film profile]) and James Wilson (Attack The Block). Film4’s Tessa Ross is executive producing with Tanya Seghatchian stewarding at the BFI Film Fund, with the assistance of Scottish Screen.
FilmNation is handling international sales. FilmNation CEO Glen Basner said, “We’re so very excited to be working on this arrestingly original movie. How could we pass up the chance to work with a visionary director like Jonathan, especially when combined with the intriguing notion of Scarlett Johansson as a ruthless alien seductress?”
The production is currently casting in Glasgow.