The Master has found his Mistress.
Helen Mirren will be playing Alma Rainville, the wife of world-renowned filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock, in the upcoming biography film that we really hope ends up getting a better title, "Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho,'" according to Heat Vision.
Mirren will be playing the better half of Anthony Hopkins' Hitchcock, with Sacha Gervasi ("Anvil! The Story of Anvil") set to direct. News of Mirren's casting comes with the announcement that the long-in-development project has moved from Paramount to Fox Searchlight.
"Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho'" (maybe with the studio change will also come a new title, 'cause that one really has to go) tracks how Hitchcock had to raise the funding for his low-budget horror movie himself after no studio would touch it. The film, written by John McLaughlin ("Black Swan") from the book by Stephen Rebello, also focuses on the relationship between the filmmaker and his wife.
Hey, Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren could be starring in a film together about breakfast cereal and we'd go see it, so this is definitely near the top of our Must-See list.
"Alfred Hitchcock" is actually one of two biography films about the "Psycho" director currently in the works. BBC 2 is producing a television movie, "The Girl," that chronicles the obsessive relationship between Hitchcock (Tony Jones) and model Tippi Hedren, who starred in "The Birds."
"Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of 'Psycho'" has been in development for four years, but with the studio change and Mirren's casting, expect it to be put on the fast track.