Although the term “the making of” is generally reserved for DVD extras you sit through after you’ve exhausted your entire movie collection, the phrase is now being applied to a particularly interesting project. Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a cinematic depiction of the great director’s most celebrated work, is gathering a pretty amazing cast. The latest individual to join: Jessica Biel, taking on the role of actress Vera Miles, who played Psycho heroin Lila Crane.
Biel joins Scarlett Johansson, who is playing Janet Leigh, the performer who immortalized Psycho‘s groundbreaking shower scene. Hitchcock will be played by Sir Anthony Hopkins, with Dame Helen Mirren playing the director’s wife Alma Reville.
In Psycho, Miles’ Lila Crane paid a visit to the Bates Motel after the mysterious disappearance of her sister, eventually learning the truth about innkeeper Norman Bates—played in the film by Anthony Perkins, who will be embodied in The Making of Psycho by James D’Arcy. The project is being directed by Sacha Gervasi, who is also working on another big screen tribute to a pop culture icon: My Dinner with Herve.