April 20th, 2012       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Since filming on “Hitchcock” has begun and the key roles have been cast, here’s an overview on who’s going to play who.

Anthony Hopkins (Alfred Hitchcock)
Alfred Hitchcock will be forever remembered as one of the most influential directors in the history of cinema, a man who has pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Anthony Hopkins has found his place in cinematic history as well, playing Hannibal Lecter. And he’s experienced in portraying real-life people, including Richard Nixon and Pablo Picasso.

Helen Mirren (Alma Reville)
Reville was an English assistant director, screenwriter and wife of Hitchcock, whom she met while they were working together in London, during the early 1920s. Helen Mirren will play Reville in the film. The Oscar winner had her share of real-life characters as well, portraying Tolstoi’s wife Sofya, Ayn Rand and every available British queen.

Toni Collette (Peggy Robertson)
Robertson was Hitchcock’s production assistant and trusted friend, who found Robert Bloch’s book called Psycho, about serial killer Ed Gein and forwarded it to Hitchcock. She has been an assistant to Hitchock on many of his films. This will be the first time that Toni Collette portrays a real-life character after the loosely based Mandy Slade / Angela Bowie character in “Velvet Goldmine”.

Scarlett Johansson (Janet Leigh)
Leigh starred in popular films of the 1940s and 1950s, inluding Little Women, Holiday Affair and Angels in the Outfield. For Psycho, Leigh – who’s the mother of actress Jamie Lee Curtis – won a Golden Globe and Academy Award nomination. She’s portrayed by Johansson in the film, whose portraits of real-life characters go back to Mary Boleyn and The Girl with the Pearl Earring.

Vera Miles (Jessica Biel)
Miles played Marion Crane, the sister of Janet Leigh’s character, in the film, who goes searching for her after her disappearance. Miles was featured in the trailer’s shower scene, unnoticed by audiences for years. The actress, who also appeared in The Searchers, The Wrong Man and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, will be played by Jessica Biel.

James D’Arcy (Anthony Perkins)
As Norman Bates, Perkins had the role of a lifetime, probably much to his dismay since audience members would always recognize him in this role, no matter what he played. His performance as Norman Bates in Psycho is ranked #4 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time. An Oscar-nominee for Friendly Persuasion, Perkins will be played by James D’Arcy.



Comments are closed.