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Scarlett Johansson Joins 'Making of Psycho' as Janet Leigh

Scarlett Johansson Dolce & Gabbana Spring/Summer - H 2011
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Anthony Hopkins is attached to play Hitchcock and Helen Mirren will play the filmmaker's wife, Alma Reville.

Scarlett Johannson is joining the cast of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, a behind-the-scenes drama being directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), sources confirm to THR. She will play Janet Leigh, the actress whose chilling shower scene became one of the most iconic in film history.

As THR reported in December, the project recently shifted to Fox Searchlight after four years in development at Paramount.

Anthony Hopkins is attached to play Hitchcock and Helen Mirren will play the filmmaker's wife, Alma Reville.   Montecito Picture Co., which has a first-look deal with Paramount and set it up there in 2007, remains on board as producer.

The project is based on the non-fiction book by Stephen Rebello that tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a "lowly" horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially, so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. The movie, of course, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time.

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At the center of the script by John McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Rebello is the relationship between Hitchcock and his wife. Johansson's role is smaller.

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