Fox Searchlight’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho just landed Jessica Biel (The Tall Man, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003) in a key role.
Per Deadline, “Jessica Biel committed today to the second female lead in the Sacha Gervasi-directed ‘Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho’. Biel will play the role of Vera Miles, who played Lila Crane in the 1960 classic.”
*Updated: Variety reports that Toni Collette (Fright Night 2011), Danny Huston (30 Days Of Night), Michael Stuhlbarg (Lincoln) and Michael Wincott have also been cast. Wincott is of particular interest to me since he’s be playing Ed Gein. Gein, of course, was the notorious serial killer on whom portions of Psycho and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre were based.
As previously reported, Anthony Hopkins will play the iconic director, while Helen Mirren will play his wife, Alma. Scarlett Johansson and James D’Arcy are to play Psycho stars Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins.
Gervasi’s pic follows Hitchcock and his struggles during the filmmaking of the horror classic. John McLaughlin penned the script. Ivan Reitman, Joe Medjuck and Tom Pollack will produce through their Montecito Picture Company along with Tom Thayer.