Scarlett Johansson will step into the science fiction genre with her next film, Under the Skin. According to Variety, the actress has landed the lead role in the Jonathan Glazer feature, which will have Johansson shedding her human persona for something a little more foreign, something out of this world. Find out more below…

Under the Skin is an adaptation of the Michel Faber book that was published by Canongate. The screenplay is written by Walter Campbell and will center on “an alien disguised as a mesmerizing woman who snares human prey on remote highways and other desolate spots with her voracious sexuality. But over time, she begins to change her thinking about humans and finds herself on a collision course with her own kind.”

Does this story sound familiar to you? It’s not an exact replica of anything in particular but there are elements of Species in it. How many times are we going to watch a sexed up women use her body to kill?

Production on the film is slated to begin in the spring of 2011, which we’re assuming will take place immediately after Johansson wraps her stint on The Avengers (it begins shooting in February).

What do you think of Johansson taking on this sci-fi alien flick?