A day ahead of the release of the first trailer for ‘Hitchcock’, Fox Searchlight has unveiled a new movie poster for the film. The poster has a very nostalgic look to it which is apropos as the film takes place during the making of Hitchcock’s classic horror movie ‘Psycho’.
Based on the Stephen Rebello’s 1990 book, ‘Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho’, ‘Hitchcock’ is actually being billed as “a love story about one of the most influential filmmakers of the last century, Alfred Hitchcock, and his wife and partner, Alma Reville,” however, the film actually covers the relationship as the director deals with the issues and difficulties he had while making his first “lowly” horror film. (On a side note, believe it or not, no studio had wanted to finance ‘Psycho’ prompting Hitchcock to scrounge for the financing himself!)
Filming on the movie gave director, Sacha Gervasi, a certain insight to the essence of Hitchcock. “Hitchcock’s so enigmatic in one sense,” he says, “(He’s) someone who portrays zero emotion. We didn’t really know emotionally that much about Hitchcock, and suddenly you have this whole world that opens up when Anthony Hopkins plays the role. It’s extraordinary. And he really enjoyed tiptoeing up to people who had just arrived on the set and going, ‘Good evening.’ Making people jump. I think he really found the role quite delicious.”
But what brought the film close to his heart was when a crew member from the original film came and visited the set:
“The original script supervisor from ‘Psycho’ named Marshall Schlom walked on to the set and he saw Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock directing the scene, and he got incredibly emotional. He’s getting on in years and said, ‘Thank you for giving me my memories back.’ To see that was the ultimate satisfaction. I think that was when all of us, Tony included, started to think, ‘My God, this is something potentially very special.’
Alongside Anthony Hopkins, ‘Hitchcock’ stars Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma, Scarlett Johannson as Janet Leigh, James D’Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles (the actress who played Lila in the film), Michael Stuhbarg as his agent Lew Wasserman, Toni Collette as Hitchcock’s long time assistant Peggy Roberson, and Michael Wincott as Ed Gein, the serial killer the movie was based on.
Fortunately, audiences won’t have to wait long for the movie to come out as ‘Hitchcock’ is set to premiere in theaters in the US on November 23, 2012. Currently, the UK debut is set for February 8, 2013.
Check out the movie poster below and let me know if it’s gotten you interested to see ‘Hitchcock!’
(photo credit: Fox Searchlight)