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Few directors are as iconic as their bodies of work, but Alfred Hitchcock, the driving force behind such undisputed classics as Psycho, Rear Window and Vertigo, is widely recognizable in his own right, thanks in part to his hosting duties on the long-running Alfred Hitchcock Presents. The series that offered a new demented adventure each week was bookended by Hitch himself, whose macabre sense of humor made all the murder and mayhem all the more delectable.
However, his being so hugely recognizable is a major obstacle to any actor daring to portray him, but this spring Anthony Hopkins stunned us with his remarkable physical transformation to achieve the heralded Hitch's iconic profile. Now, Fox Searchlight has revealed the first poster for Hitchcock--formerly titled Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho--Hopkins is unrecognizable, having fully submerged into the classic auteur's trademark look. But to add a dash of that dark humor the man was so known for, there's a sharp twist on the standard necktie.
Directed by Anvil: The Story of Anvil documentarian Sacha Gervasi, Hitchcock details the troubles—both personal and professional—that the filmmaker faced while creating Psycho. Tackling sexual taboos and offering unforgettable violence, the film struggled to secure financing and caused a stir before it ever hit theaters, forcing Hitch to fend off censorship at every turn. But he fought to get the cut he believed in, making Hitchcock a tale of one man's persistence of vision.
Hopkins is joined by an incredible cast that includes Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh, Jessica Biel as Vera Miles, James D'Arcy as Anthony Perkins, Toni Collette as Hitch's assistant Peggy Robertson, and Helen Mirren as Alma "Mrs. Hitchcock" Reville.
Hitchcock is coming to theaters November 23rd.