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March 25, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Scotland hit cinema screens up and down the country last weekend, with the premiere of Under the Skin, starring Hollywood megastar Scarlett Johansson.

The science fiction thriller, directed by Jonathan Glazer and based on the novel by Michel Faber, has already been widely acclaimed by critics. It stars Johansson as an alien in human form who preys on hitchhikers.

It was shot almost entirely on location in Scotland, including scenes in Glasgow, the Highlands, Fife and East Lothian, and it is hoped fans of the film will be encouraged to come and visit its real-life locations.

Under the Skin joins a long-list of high-profile movies to be filmed in Scotland in recent years, including Skyfall, The Dark Knight Rises, World War Z, Prometheus and the Oscar-winning Disney-Pixar animation Brave.

Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “It’s always great to see Scotland on the silver screen, especially in a film that stars one of the world’s most iconic actresses.

“I am sure that it will generate added interest in a country that already has so much to offer visitors. “The release of Under the Skin is yet another exciting addition to the events of 2014: The Glasgow Commonwealth Games, The Ryder Cup and Homecoming. It really is the year that Scotland welcomes the world or, given that Under the Skin is about aliens, it should perhaps be the year that Scotland welcomes the worlds.”

Speaking of her time spent filming in Scotland, Scarlett Johansson said: “Scotland’s so incredibly special. I’d never been there before. It’s so pristine and gorgeous.”

According to VisitScotland research, a fifth of all visitors to Scotland are influenced to come to this country after seeing it on film or television.

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