Fox Searchlight Pictures and Montecito Pictures announced today that principal photography for the newly titled drama Hitchcock will start on April 13th in Los Angeles. The film will star Academy Award winners Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Dame Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma. Sacha Gervasi, whose big screen debut, Anvil! won the 2010 Best Documentary Feature prize at the Independent Spirit Awards, will direct from a screenplay by John McLaughlin, revisions by Ryan Murphy, Stephen Rebello and Sacha Gervasi, based on the book “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho” by Stephen Rebello. Ivan Reitman, Tom Pollock and Joe Medjuck of Montecito Pictures (Up in the Air) will produce along with Tom Thayer and Alan Barnette. Ali Bell and Richard Middleton will be executive producers. The film will be co-financed by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Cold Spring Pictures. Hitchcock will be released worldwide by Fox Searchlight Pictures.
Hitchcock is a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock and his wife and partner Alma Reville. The film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s seminal movie Psycho.
The film will also star Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation) as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy (Master and Commander) as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Blade: Trinity, The Tall Man) as Vera Miles, Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) as Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette (Little Miss Sunshine) as Hitchcock‘s secretary Peggy, Michael Wincott (The Count Monte Chrisco) as Ed Gein, Kurtwood Smith (To Die For) as Geoffrey Shurlock, Richard Portnow (Good Morning Vietnam) as Barney Balaban and Danny Huston (The Constant Gardener) as Whitfield Cook.
Sir Anthony Hopkins received the Academy Award for Best Actor for The Silence of the Lambs and subsequent nominations for The Remains of the Day and Nixon. Hopkins has previously starred in Hannibal, Meet Joe Black, Titus, Howard’s End, Bram Stroker’s Dracula and The Road to Wellville.