For those of you tuning in late, let it be known that Hollywood is in the grips of an Alfred Hitchcock epidemic, which finds films about the master of suspense, as well as remakes of his work, gathering and attacking studios like the violent, crazed birds from Hitch's 1963 classic, The Birds...which, fittingly, is one of the flicks being remade.
Anyway, the Hitchcock movie we're most excited about is Sacha Gervasi's Hitchcock, previously known as Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho. As you can probably guess, it's about Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho. The flick stars Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock; Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh; Helen Mirren as Hitch's wife, Alma; James D'Arcy as Tony Perkins; and Jessica Biel as Vera Miles.
I think the casting is pretty good, but the heart of the film will be Hopkins' work as Hitchcock. And while it will be a while until we find out whether he can pull it off and pronounce the words "good evening" in Hitch's inimitable manner, we now have our first look at Hopkins in his Hitchcock makeup, and it's not bad. Not bad at all.