Scarlett Johansson cast as Janet Leigh in a film about the making of ‘Psycho’

I told you guys that I saw My Week With Marilyn, right? I did like it, although the “love story” aspect of the story – between Marilyn and this young assistant – was the most ridiculous thing. Still, I think Michelle Williams gave a decent/solid performance as Marilyn Monroe. I think Michelle was partly praised for her turn as Marilyn simply because she didn’t screw it up, though – it wasn’t that she captured Marilyn’s intangible magic, it was more than Michelle did her best and she gave a solid performance that didn‘t embarrass anyone, especially herself. Was it Oscar-worthy? No. Was it Golden Globe-worthy? Debatable.

I bring this up because now that Michelle’s turn as Marilyn was so critically acclaimed, it’s going to be “the new thing” in Hollywood to make movies about the making of older movies. Thus, Hollywood is going to make a movie about the making of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Psycho is an iconic film – I somehow missed seeing it until I was in college, and my first viewing was on the big screen (my college screened old classics sometimes) and I still remember how I felt coming out of it. Psycho is still a very disturbing, creepy film even with modern eyes. Psycho – along with Hitchcock’s Rear Window and Vertigo – are considered some of the best films of all time. So how do you feel about a movie about “the making of” such an iconic film? How do you feel when I tell you that Scarlett Johansson has been cast as Janet Leigh? UGH.

Scarlett Johansson is ready to play the most iconic naked murder victim ever.

The actress, 27, has signed on to play actress Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, about master director Hitchcock’s horror classic, in which Leigh is memorably butchered in the buff while taking a shower at the Bates Motel.

Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Stephen Rebello, the prestige pic will also star Anthony Hopkins as the auteur himself, and Helen Mirren as Alma Reville, Hitchcock’s wife; British actor James D’Arcy will play Anthony Perkins, who portrayed serial killer Norman Bates.

As suggested by the title, the film centers on Hitchcock’s then-risky decision to make (and finance himself) a seemingly lowbrow horror flick at the height of his legendary career.

The screenplay will be written by John J. McLaughlin, who penned Natalie Portman’s psychological thriller Black Swan, with director Sacha Gervasi at the helm.

[From Us Weekly]

Hitchcock had a thing for blondes, and when he cast Janet Leigh… it was epic. There’s still so much interest in how that film got made, and there’s still a lot of technical interest in the shower scene specifically, with the fast “cuts,” the idea that your eye is fooled into thinking you’re seeing Janet Leigh naked as she’s being (spoiler?) murdered, all scored brilliantly by Bernard Hermann. So, while I understand how a film about this subject gets greenlighted, I’m saving my anger for ScarJo’s casting. Scarlett as Janet Leigh? No. Just no.

But hell to the yes on casting James D’Arcy as Perkins. OMG. I LOVE James D’Arcy. And that’s really good casting, and D’Arcy looks so much like Perkins!

Photos courtesy of WENN, archive promotional images from ‘Psycho’.

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  1. Lis says:

    I’d rather watch a documentary on the making of the film.

    (I’ve only seen the Gus Van Sant remake, which scared the living daylights out of me. I know that probably makes me a philistine, but I think Van Sant brought it to a whole new audience.)

    • Shoe_lover says:

      OMG you can not judge Psycho by van sants sh!thouse remake. see the original i beg of you. no one, and i mean no one, can do suspense like Hitchcock

  2. Shelly says:

    The casting choice doesn’t bug me. Scarlett’s prettier than Janet, in my opinion. I don’t know. Not really into this movie idea anyway.

  3. BW says:

    I think I’ll wait for the making of the making of the remake.

  4. Scarlett’s face annoys the hell outta me.. It’s just so smug looking..and those ridiculous lips!!

  5. JM says:

    If I want to watch how Psycho was made, I’ll watch a documentary that has Hitch himself discussing the film. He’s infinately more entertaining than any Hollywood script these days.

    Where have all the original ideas gone? Doesn’t anyone in the industry have anything new to offer or have we been so steeped in reruns and remakes no one has any imagination left?

  6. Buffy says:

    Am I missing something here? She is not a good actress, in my opinion, is not pretty (sorry), and seems like a total b*tch as a person. What the Hell is the appeal??? :-\

  7. mia girl says:

    This year, it’s the battle of the Snow Whites… next year will apparently be the battle of the Hitchcocks!

    There is another behind-the-scenes Hitchcock movie being made about Tippi Hedren and how he became obsessed with her and basically ruined both their careers. Sienna Miller is Hedren.

    Both actually sound interesting to me…

    • danielle says:

      I agree, I’m looking forward to both films. Hitchock was brilliant, and kind of a nut. Not a huge scarjo fan, but this casting doesn’t bother me.

  8. Agnes says:

    “psycho” is such a classic! just leave it alone, people. come up with some original ideas.

  9. Lee says:

    whoah, I never realized how insane Janet Leigh’s proportions are! Such a tiny waist, but good lord – the boobs!

  10. nina says:

    Lame-that Van Sant remake sucked, what’s the point of another?

    • Buffy says:

      It is not a remake. It is the making of. Although I think it sounds stupid also. 😉

  11. ladybert62 says:

    I doubt I would watch a remake of a Hitchcock film. He was a genius and his films were truly remarkable, scarey and intelligent.

    I think they could not catch all of that in today’s films – today, they would take one of his movies and turn it into a testosterone action movie -no thanks.

  12. dena says:

    This stupid b1tch doesn’t have the chops to play Janet Leigh!

  13. bored says:

    It might work visually, they have a passing resemblance, but Scarjo will have to bust out her very best acting chops if she whats to make anyone belive she is Janet Leigh.

  14. Happy21 says:

    Ok. This film is iconic. Yes. But….

    Who the hell would watch this? A film about the making of a film. Sounds like a complete snorefest if you ask me. The only reason I can think of to make it is so that ScarJo is naked and that, to me, seems like a stupid idea in itself!

    As the poster above said – a documentary is one thing but this? this is just I don’t even know – – dumb!

  15. Jover says:

    Agree agnes and buffy and others; this is utterly pointless, I’ll just rent the original why waste time on this schtick. Scarjo is just a bored overrated bimbo that apparently still has some clout since her godawful attempts at singing have been put aside, she’ll muck about with a classic. If people in Hollywood weren’t so far up their arses, they would see how lame they’ve become.

    • Camille (The original) says:

      It is a ‘MAKING OF’ of the movie Psycho, NOT a remake of the film.

      With that said I give this casting news a big UGH. *eye roll*

  16. normades says:

    The Hollywood Reporter is saying it’s so, but I couldn’t help thinking it was just casting rumours that will never happen.

  17. Allons - y Allonso says:

    Ugh. ScarJo makes me want to vomit glass!
    she is the only thing i’m not looking forward to about the Avengers.

  18. FingerBinger says:

    Who were they supposed to cast in this movie? Maybe Jamie Lee Curtis?

  19. Original Lucy says:

    best complement I ever got was when someone told me I looked like Janet Leigh!!!

  20. Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

    Can we get visitation rights revoked for this film?