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by Nigel M Smith
September 23, 2013 10:34 AM
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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Picks Up a Stranger in First Full Trailer for Jonathan Glazer's 'Under the Skin'

It's been a decade since iconic music video helmer Jonathan Glazer's entrancing sophomore feature "Birth," starring Nicole Kidman in one of her most mesmerizing turns, so anticipation is high on his long delayed followup "Under the Skin" to deliver. Initially rumored to open last year, the film was expected to debut at Cannes in May, but opted to go down the Venice route, soon followed by a Toronto premiere. It was greeted at both events with divisive reactions.

In his Telluride review of the film, Indiewire's Eric Kohn said the film shares much in common with the cult favorite "The Man Who Fell to Earth." Judging by the full, just-released oddball trailer, he's right on the money.

Based on Michael Faber's acclaimed sci-fi novel, the film's premise is too good to pass up: supposedly existential in tone, the tale centers on an alien (intriguingly played by Scarlett Johansson) sent to earth on a mysterious mission to capture men.

The latest trailer (go here for the mysterious teaser) features an extended take of Johansson picking up a man and taking him back to her lair, where some strange stuff goes down.

Watch the trailer below. Distributor A24 Pictures has yet to announce a release date.


  • Betty Cue | September 23, 2013 1:04 PMReply

    Please correct: the film's premise is to good to pass up

    Should be "too good to pass up"

  • Scott | September 23, 2013 12:00 PMReply

    Easily one of the best of the 40 films I saw at TIFF. Amazing score, brilliant visuals, the film creates a totally unique atmosphere and psychological space, unlike any other in recent memory. Johansson is perfect for the role.

  • Chauncee | September 23, 2013 11:35 AMReply

    I find Scarlett Johansen very robotic and one-note. That can be ok, but it's certainly not a draw in its own right for me to see a film.

  • Joe H | September 23, 2013 12:13 PM

    You forget that her character is an alien seductress. I would argue that "one-note" and "robotic" is appropriate to her character. And she is not a draw for me either. I want to see the movie because it looks badass not because it has Scarlet Johansson in it. Although she does seem like an excellent choice for the lead.

  • paul | September 23, 2013 10:59 AMReply

    this is not an official trailer you should probably indicate that.