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Scarlett Johansson To Play Alien Hottie In 'Under the Skin'

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Nov 04, 2010 | 9:10am EDT

ALT TEXTScarlett Johansson's reign as the hottest woman on Earth has expanded to outer space.

The actress is set to star in the upcoming sci-fi thriller Under the Skin from Sexy Beast writer-director Jonathan Glazer, who co-wrote the script with Walter Campbell. According to The Hollywood Reporter, this sounds like the role that every geek has wanted the blond bombshell to play since, well, ever. Check it out:

“Johansson 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.”

Um, I'm not going to lie -- pretty sure I had a dream like that once on upon a time. Just saying. Anyway, there's even more good news regarding Johansson's "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. Taking her point of view throughout, the film presents a unique look at our world through alien eyes.”

Johansson's sexiness aside, this film actually sounds fairly interesting, but challenging. She's undoubtedly a talented actress (Lost in Translation comes to mind), but I'm struggling to see how she'd make us identify with her character in Skin. If she's just an alien who gets frustrated with how the world works, I don't think we'll relate to what she's going through or understand how she could possibly mature because of these issues. However, Glazer has made some excellent films that explore complicated characters so I may just be over-thinking this.

Still, I hope for the sake of Johansson and her career that she's taking this role because it will challenge her as a performer because right now, all Under the Skin seems like is a sexy sci-fi flick with a bona fide beauty in the lead. Nothing more, nothing less.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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