Although there doesn’t seem to be word of when production will start of Alfred Hitchcock And The Making Of Psycho, it must be soon. Casting on the project has slipped into high gear with yesterday’s announcement of Jessica Biel taking on the role of Psycho actress Vera Miles. Today we have news of four more additions to the cast – Toni Collette, Danny Huston, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Wincott.
The film will be telling the parallel stories of director Alfred Hitchcock’s struggle to bring Robert Bloch’s novel Psycho to the big screen and the story of mild-mannered serial killer Ed Gein, whose killings were Bloch’s inspiration for the book. Wincott has been cast to play Gein, joining the likes of Roberts Blossom, Steve Railsback, and Kane Hodder who have already played the role.
Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) has been set to play Hitchcock’s agent Lew Wasserman, who helps the director to convince the studio brass that Psycho will make a great movie. Collette will play Peggy Robertson, Hitchcock’s assistant and Huston will be Whitfield Cook, a friend of the director’s wife Alma. (Variety is noting that Huston’s participation may be dependent on his shooting schedule for the Starz series Magic City which was just renewed for a second season.
The film has already cast Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma and Scarlett Johansson as Psycho star Janet Leigh.