Under the Skin is based on a novel of the same name by Michel Faber who lives in the Black Isle, near Inverness.
The book tells of an alien, to be played by Johansson, who picks up hitchhikers on the A9 road in the Highlands to harvest body parts.
Dutch-born author Faber has insisted the movie adaption of his book also be set in the Highlands, according to the Press and Journal.
Jonathan Glazer is set to direct Under the Skin, which is scheduled for release in 2014.
source: BBC News