Earlier this month we got the first cryptic teaser for Jonathan Glazer‘s divisive Under the Skin and now, after a TIFF bow, U.S. distribution has come in via A24 Films and we have an extended version of that trailer. Featuring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who is sent to seduce and abduct human males, the last half of the teaser is the same, but the first portion shows off what looks to be an extended clip of her character doing what she does best.
For his follow-up to Sexy Beast and Birth, Glazer had the actress reportedly picking up real men off the street, who had no idea they were being filmed. She said, “It was really terrifying, actually. There’s that feeling of knowing something that nobody else does — or only a select few — and not being able to control the situation at all. The challenge was letting go of those fears to, as we say, ‘drive it like ya own it.’ Because otherwise, it didn’t work. It had to be done with total commitment.” Check out the extended look below.
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: talk about lost in translation! Jonathan Glazer, known for his brilliant music videos and SEXY BEAST, and cowriter Walter Campbell adapt Michael Faber’s acclaimed novel to create a surprisingly layered tale. UNDER THE SKIN begins like an effectively creepy sci-fi horror film, but soon deepens into a lyrical evocation of solitude and estrangement and a mournful lament for ephemeral earthly beauty.The photography by Daniel Landin is richly atmospheric, and Mica Levi’s musical themes provide an ominous depth.
Under the Skin will hit theaters in spring 2014.