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Just when you thought it was safe to climb back into the shower, director Sacha Gervasi ('Anvil! The Story of Anvil') is prepping his upcoming film 'Alfred Hitchcock the Making of Psycho.' The small-scale biopic follows legendary director Alfred Hitchcock as he crafts one of the greatest thrillers of all time. So far, the film is building up quite the impressive cast. Sir Anthony Hopkins will play Hitchcock and Dame Helen Mirren will portray his wife Alma. Today, the two latest editions to the cast were revealed. James D'Arcy ('Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World') will inhabit 'Psycho's leading man Anthony Perkins, and the lovely Scarlett Johansson will star as the lovely Janet Leigh. The script for 'Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho' was written by John McLaughlin ('Black Swan') and Ivan Reitman's Montecito Picture Company will produce.
I'm really excited to see this film. People have already been quick to compare the concept of 'The Making of Psycho' to last year's Oscar-Nominated, microcosmic biopic 'My Week with Marilyn.' Don't get me wrong, 'My Week with Marilyn,' is a damn good film, but for someone who's not a huge Marilyn Monroe fan, like me for example, there's only so much to glean from it. On the other hand, I am an enormous Hitchcock fan and 'Psycho' was such an important landmark on the road to my becoming a cinephile. Alfred Hitchcock was a captivating artist both in terms of the films he created and his unconventional approach to the filmmaking process. I think Anthony Hopkins will make a great Hitch, and I'm also quite enticed by the idea of Johansson playing Janet Leigh, and not just because logic dictates she going to have to be naked in a shower during the course of the film. There is something about Johansson's beauty that reminds one of the golden days of old Hollywood, perfectly mirroring the beauty of the late screen siren. We've seen remakes of Hitch's work, and we've seen documentaries on the man, but there has never really been a Hitchcock biopic, and that makes me mad. Though I guess we all get a little mad sometimes.
What do you guys think? Does this project interest you? Any Hitchcock fans out there want to weigh in on their favorite of his films?