Scarlett films in Auchmithie

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AUCHMITHIE welcomed one of Hollywood’s hottest stars this week when the village harbour was transformed into the set of her new movie.

Scarlett Johansson, best known for her roles in ‘Lost in Translation’’ and Iron Man 2’, was filming scenes at the beach for new sci-fi film ‘Under the Skin’.

A crew of around 70 descended on the village on Monday with filming thought to be lasting until later on this afternoon (Friday).

In the film, Miss Johansson plays an alien who travels around the Highlands of Scotland, seducing men for their body parts.

It is based on a book by Scottish author Michel Faber, also called ‘Under the Skin’.

When filming began on Monday, it was very low key as the production team tried to keep details about the film and Miss Johansson under wraps.

However, it would have been easy to miss the 26-year-old actress who has swapped her trademark blonde hair for a much darker colour.

She filmed scenes on the beach and on the one lane track that leads down to the beach from the village wearing blue jeans, a brown coat and black boots.

It is thought that the film crew had contacted Angus Council beforehand to gain permission to update the track to allow vehicles to pass up and down more freely with filming equipment.

The council worked with the production crew to upgrade the road to the cost of £15,000.

Councillor David May, the local authority’s roads and economic development spokesman, said: “I am delighted that such a high profile film is shooting some scenes in Angus.

“The atmospheric beauty of Auchmithie harbour will provide a great backdrop and hopefully encourage more visitors to the area which would bring further economic benefits.

“We are pleased to have been able to work on this with TayScreen, the partnership organisation of councils in the area which assists film and television companies to find suitable locations for filming.

“We have so many places of natural beauty and interest in Angus that we hope other film and programme production companies will also be encouraged to consider filming in the area.

“It has been a collaborative effort all round with the council repairing the road to give the film crew safe access to the harbour.”

It is also understood that the production company has paid to have the public toilets in the village painted.

‘Under the Skin’ is a small independent film produced by Film Four, the BFI and Creative Scotland.

They chose Auchmithie as a film location due to its picturesque beach and rugged harbour.

‘Under the Skin’ will be released sometime next year.