His influence on Hollywood horror, suspense, and thriller films is legendary, so much so that he’s been dubbed “The Master of Suspense.” He worked with hundreds of famous names during the production of his movies, acting and producing talent alike. His name is known worldwide. And yet no one thought to make a movie about this great man as a director and person.
Directed by Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock will get a limited release in U.S. theaters this November. Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, the film follows the story of Hitchcock and his wife as he struggles to make the movie Psycho in 1959. As if Hopkins and Mirren are not going to be enough joy to watch on-screen, they are joined by Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, and James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins; who of course played Norman Bates.
Hitchcock is supposedly going to be “a love story”, but we’re guessing from the trailer there will be a lot more to the film than hearts and kisses.
Hitchcock has elements of not just love between Hitchcock and Reville, but also some delightful hints of an underdog story. According to Hollywood history, most people thought Hitchcock was mad to try a “low-class” horror film like Psycho, a situation which this trailer clearly exemplifies. In addition, we see the typical struggle between an artist determined to go after his passion of creating a film and the producers and accountants who insist that it will be a financial flop.
Judging from the trailer, this film appears to have something everyone will enjoy. There’s the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife for the romance lovers, and there’s the business and social tensions that arise around Hitchcock’s decisions for those of us who love a good drama. Even more than that, though, will be the nostalgia this film brings to all film buffs. Oh, and let’s not forget the dry British humor Hopkins already delivers so well in the three short minutes of the trailer.
Make sure to add Hitchcock to your list of movies to see this year — fortunately, you won’t have to wait very long. In the meantime, check out this PSA in theatres now that Hopkins filmed as Hitchcock, begging movie-goers to avoid cell phone usage during films: