It’s a rarity that you come across a movie so good, it actually warrants other movies to be made about it. Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho was a masterpiece that redefined the thriller genre. As such, writer/director Sacha Gervasi has been working on Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a movie about the construction of the timeless piece of cinema.
A good amount of star power has been packed into this project so far. Anthony Hopkins is on board to play Hitchcock himself. Recently, Helen Mirren was cast as Hitchcock’s wife, Alma Reville. And now, Scarlett Johansson is joining the project in the role of Janet Leigh, the actress who starred in Psycho as the ill-fated Marion Crane. Even if you have never seen the movie, you’re doubtlessly familiar with her infamous shower scene.
Another newcomer to the Making of Psycho cast: James D’Arcy, who will take on the Anthony Perkins (the actor who played Norman Bates) role. Hitchcock and his crew toiled mercilessly over the crafting of the mentioned shower scene. In Le Cinéma selon Alfred Hitchcock, a book by François Truffaut, the Psycho director is quoted as saying, “It took us seven days to shoot that scene, and there were 70 camera setups for 45 seconds of footage.” Clearly, Hitchcock was a diligent artist; although Leigh’s role in Psycho was not a lengthy one, it is unquestionably one of the most powerful driving forces of the film. As such, Johansson has got a pretty meaty role ahead of her.