Opening in limited theaters November 23 is Sacha Gervasi’s Hitchcock, “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.
Yesterday be brought you the first official stills showing Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, along with Helen Mirren as his wife. And now we have a new poster for the film (via EW) that taps into the aesthetics of used to promote the master’s films back in the day.
The project is based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a “lowly” horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially, so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. The movie, of course, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time. Scarlett Johansson plays Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Norman Bates himself, Tony Perkins. Toni Collette, Michael Stuhlbarg, Michael Wincott and Kurtwood Smith also star.
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The cast of Fox Searchlight’s Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho continues to build as Toni Collette (Fright Night), Danny Huston (pictured; 30 Days of Night, Wrath of the Titans), Michael Stuhlbarg (Men in Black 3) and Michael Wincott (Strange Days, The Crow) are now in negotiations to star, reports Variety.
As previously reported, James D’Arcy will play Anthony Perkins and Scarlett Johansson is set to play Janet Leigh. Anthony Hopkins stars as Hitchcock in the pic, which follows the iconic helmer’s struggles during the filmmaking of his horror classic Psycho. Helen Mirren is set to co-star as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville, while Jessica Biel is in talks to play actress Vera Miles.
Collette would play Peggy Robertson, Hitchcock’s longtime assistant; Huston would play Whitfield Cook, Alma’s friend; Stuhlbarg would play Lew Wasserman, Hitchcock’s charismatic agent and Hollywood-savvy friend; and Wincott would play Ed Gein, the serial killer upon whom the “Psycho” book and movie are based.
Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) is directing from a script by John McLaughlin. READ MORE
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. READ MORE