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Scarlett Johansson to play ‘Pyscho’ star

Published: March 2, 2012 | 9:49 am
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US actress Scarlett Johansson will play Janet Leigh in a film about the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic horror, Psycho, alongside Anthony Hopkins’ Hitchcock.

Helen Mirren will complete the all-star cast in the role of the director’s wife Alma, in a new film called ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’ to be made by Fox.

Johansson will take on the role of the American actress Janet Leigh whose enduring screen role was as Marion Crane, the doomed heroine of Hitchcock’s 1960 horror.

The biopic about the legendary British filmmaker has drawn comparisons to ‘My Week With Marilyn’, according to industry magazine Variety, because it will concentrate on a specific untold story in the life of the director.

Psycho was independently produced by Hitchock on a low budget of £806,000 in 1959. It was a famously difficult film for Hitchcock, and he was forced uncharacteristically to make many remakes.

The pivotal shower scene, which amounts to three minutes of footage, took 6 days to shoot. There are various legends about the filming of the scene including that Hitchcock used ice-cold water to make Leigh’s screams more realistic. It is also said that he played pranks on her, hiding the ‘Mother corpse’ prob in her wardrobe.

The magazine also reported that the role of Janet Leigh could lead to the same awards consideration for Johansson that the Marilyn Monroe role did for Michelle Williams.

The film will be made by the journalist and filmmaker Sacha Gervasi, whose directorial debut Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a “rock-umentary” about the Canadian heavy metal band Anvil received high acclaim.

Johansson’s latest film, ‘We Bought A Zoo’ opens in UK cinemas on 16 March. She also stars in the forthcoming action-hero film, Avengers Assemble.


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